Teen student murders pregnant girlfriend and leaves body in a dumpster because she refused to get an abortion
16-year-old Aaron Trejo was arrested by the authorities on December 9 and he proceeded to tell the officers that he stabbed the girl to death because she hid her pregnancy from him
A teen high school football player has been charged as an adult after he killed his 17-year-old pregnant schoolmate and cheerleader whose body was discovered in the dumpster of a restaurant in Indiana. 16-year-old Aaron Trejo from Mishawaka, Indiana, was arrested by the authorities on December 9. He proceeded to tell the officers that he stabbed the girl to death because she hid her pregnancy from him. The body of 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang, who was a cheerleader and the team manager for the Mishawaka High School football team, was found by the authorities in a dumpster behind the Pasquale Rulli Plaza, which is just one block away from where she stayed with her biological mother.
The Daily Mail reported that according to the charging documents, Trejo was brought in for the crime and confessed to the officers that he had thought about killing the pregnant cheerleader for a week. He told them that he took a knife to a meet-up and the stabbed her so that she would die quickly. His arraignment is set to take place on December 11.
Breana's own mother said that she last saw her daughter alive when the cheerleader said she was going to meet the father of her unborn child behind their home at 11 p.m. She never went back in after that. Detective Gery Mullins wrote in detail in the charging documents the conversation in which Trejo confessed to the horrifying crimes including the fact that it occurred after the pair had a fight.
Mullins wrote: "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."
The notes continued: "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."
The post-mortem examination of the pregnant teen confirmed that she died of multiple stab wounds and that her scarf had been tied around her neck so tightly that strangulation took place just before she died. Nicole Rouhselang, Breana's stepmother, told local reporters on December 9 that her stepdaughter had been around six months pregnant when she died. Nicole also said that the last time she saw Breana was when the teen attended her father, Dave Rouhselang's birthday party on November 18. She was last spotted at her home at 11 p.m. on December 8 before leaving the house and telling her mother that she had to go and meet the father of her baby.
Breana's mother woke up at 1 a.m. and realized that her pregnant daughter was not at home so she went to Trejo's house. The teen football player told her that the mother of his unborn baby did not show up to their meeting and that she lost her phone. Assistant Commander Alex Arendt with St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) said that her family called the authorities at around 4:30 a.m. on December 9 after they "got the feeling that something wasn't right".
The authorities started looking in the alley close to her family home and finally discovered her body in the dumpster behind Pasquale Rulli's. According to the South Bend Tribune, law enforcement officials said that the restaurant itself was not involved in the murder but that the dumpster behind it was just "a location of opportunity to hide the victim". The police also executed a search warrant at Trejo's home on the same morning and arrested him there. Arendt also said that the relationship between the teens is under investigation.
Dean Speicher, the Superintendent for the School City of Mishawaka, told the publication that Breana and Trejo were both schoolmates at the John Young Middle School. The two of them, who also lived close to each other, were friends on Facebook, but Trejo had his relationship status put to "single" while Breana never disclosed hers.
The devastated stepmother told reporters that Breana had wanted to go to college but that she had recently started failing in some of her classes. She said: "She was like my daughter. I've known her since she was 6. I just don’t understand it. She was young. … too young to have a baby herself."
A GoFundMe page was created by Nicole to help Dave and her pay for funeral and memorial expenses. A little more than $4,000 has been raised in a day as compared to the original $100 goal. The description on the page reads: "This is such a hard tragedy to accept! This loving young lady was so full of life and didn't deserve this."
The school district of Mishawaka has said in a statement that the administrators were working closely with the police and investigating the "terrible tragedy". The statement read: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends who have been affected by this great loss."