Breana Rouhselang is an Indiana teen and high school cheerleader who was founded dead Sunday morning. A 16-year-old football player at her school was charged in her murder, WSBT reported.
Breana Rouhselang Was 6-Months Pregnant
Family members said Rouhselang, 17, was six-months pregnant when she was killed. Her body was found in a dumpster behind a restaurant. Police did not say how she was killed.
Aaron Trejo, a 16-year-old football player at Mishawaka High School, was charged in her murder. Trejo told police that he killed her because she waited too long to tell him about the pregnancy and could no longer get an abortion.
Trejo was charged with homicide and feticide.
“It was learned that these two individuals knew each other through the football team at Mishawaka High school,” Asst. Police Commander Alex Aredt told WSBT.
Rouhselang’s family said she was the manager of the football team and was previously a cheerleader at the school.
Trejo and Rouhselang lived just a few blocks from one another, and just up the street from where her body was found.
Police served a search warrant at Trejo’s home and brought him in for questioning.
Aaron Trejo Charged In Breana Rouhselang’s Murder
Police charged Trejo with killing Rouhselang and her unborn child after he confessed to a detective.
Via Det. Gery Mullins:
After a brief break, I, Detective Mullins, began to ask pointed questions of Aaron and confronted him with the fact that the physical evidence was not going to support his story and that I suspected Aaron knew more than he was telling. There were several pauses and quiet times.
I then asked Aaron if the fight was about the pregnancy. Aaron Trejo quietly said, “Yes.” Aaron then explained that Breana waited too long to tell Aaron about the pregnancy to get an abortion. I asked Aaron what he did about that, and he replied, “I took action…I took her life.”
Aaron explained that he stabbed Breana in the heart with a knife he brought from home. Aaron chose to use a knife because he thought it would kill Breana quickly. Aaron stated that he put the black plastic bag over Breana, which he had brought from home for that purpose. Aaron Trejo said that he had been planning and thinking about killing Breana and the baby for about a week and had not told anybody. Aaron Trejo said that after he put Breana’s body in the dumpster, he walked to the river and threw Breana’s phone and his knife as far out into the river as he could.
An autopsy confirmed that Breana Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds, that her scarf had been tied so tightly that strangulation was occurring before Breana died, and that she was pregnant. The manner of Breana Rouhselang’s death is homicide.
Deputy Prosecutor Chris Fronk said the incident has hit investigators hard.
“The thing is that most of us are fathers, and any senseless death is very upsetting, but when you’re talking about young people, it is more so,” said Fronk.
Mishawaka High School called the death a “terrible tragedy” in a statement:
The Mishawaka High School family suffered a terrible tragedy today. School administrators are working with authorities in the investigation of the death of 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends who have been affected by this great loss. Our focus is now to offer all of the support possible to our staff and students.
There will be grief counselors available at Mishawaka High School first thing in the morning and throughout the day. School will be open, and we believe it is best for all students to come and be around those who care for them.
Mayor Says No Ongoing Threat After Breana Rouhselang’s Murder
Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood said in a statement that the death has shaken the community “to its core” but assured residents there was no “ongoing threat.”
“I want to assure the community that there is no ongoing threat to public safety associated with this tragic event. These are the types of senseless tragedies that shake our small town community to its core. At this time, I would like to ask our citizens to join me in praying for Breana, her family, the Mishawaka High School community and all families that have been impacted. Our hearts go out to them,” Wood said in a statement.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to help Rouhselang’s family pay for Breana’s funeral costs.
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