A 16-year-old football player in Indiana is accused of murdering a 17-year-old cheerleader who was six months pregnant, police said.
Police discovered Breana Rouhselang’s body in a trash can behind a restaurant near her Mishawaka home Sunday morning after her family reported her missing, reported WNDU. Rouhselang’s loved ones called police Saturday night after they “got the feeling something wasn’t right,” Lt. Alex Arendt of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit told the AP.
Shortly after finding the body, police took Aaron Trejo, a classmate of Rouhselang’s at Mishawaka High School, into custody on a preliminary murder charge. He was scheduled to be charged as an adult on Monday morning, police said Sunday.
Police did not announce an official cause of death but say Rouhselang was shot, stabbed or both, WSBT reported. An autopsy was scheduled for sometime this week.
Rouhselang and Trejo knew each other from the school’s football team, police said, without elaborating on their relationship. Rouhselang was the football team’s manager, her family said.
The community has been rattled by the tragedy and its impact on both families.
“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,” St. Joseph County Deputy Prosecutor Chris Fronk said.
“Victims’, suspects’ families, those are the kind of people we keep our focus on because they didn’t choose this.”
Meg Sauer, chief communications officer for the northern Indiana school district, said the school is doing its best to support students following the death.
“We’re just focusing on healing the kids,” Sauer told the Indianapolis Star.
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