A high school football player in Indiana has reportedly confessed to authorities that he murdered a cheerleader after learning that she was six months pregnant with their child. Aaron Trejo, 16, a football player at Mishawaka High School, was arrested Sunday after investigators found the body of Breana Rouhselang, 17, covered in black garbage bag inside a dumpster behind a restaurant. According to charging documents filed in court on Monday, Trejo told police that he killed Rouselang, a softball player, cheerleader, and team manager for the football team, because she didn’t tell him about the pregnancy until after it was too late to obtain an abortion.
“I took action … I took her life,” Trejo reportedly told a homicide detective. The teenager allegedly admitted that he stabbed his girlfriend with a knife “because he thought it would kill Breana quickly,” and that he had planned how best to murder Rouhselang for about a week. After the killing, he said he threw the knife and Rouhselang’s phone into a nearby river before attempting to hide the cheerleader’s body in a dumpster. According to an autopsy, Rouhselang died after suffering stab wounds and strangulation. In court on Tuesday, Trejo entered a not guilty plea in response to charges of murder and feticide.
Speaking to ABC News, Rouhselang’s stepmother said that the family was still struggling to process the brutal murder, explaining that they were still “in shock … disbelief at what’s going on.” Rouhselang’s father, Dave Rouhselang, said that Breana had been a kind girl who hoped to one day become an athletic trainer.
“She was the nicest, sweetest, most innocent girl you’d ever meet,” he said.
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