A high school football player committed a horrific crime over the weekend in Indiana. Aaron Trejo, 16, is accused of killing his pregnant classmate and tossing her body in a dumpster. Trejo told police he murdered Breana Rouhselang because she waited too long to tell him she was pregnant with his child.
According to a report in the IndyStar, Breana Rouhselang and Aaron Trejo were classmates at Mishawaka High School. The two teenagers had known each other since elementary school. Trejo played football for the high school team, and Rouhselang was the team’s student manager.
While the details of their relationship remain unclear, at some point the two had sex and Rouhselang became pregnant. Trejo learned about her pregnancy and heard through the rumor mill that the child was likely his.
By the time Trejo learned about Rouhselang’s pregnancy she was more than 20 weeks pregnant. The state of Indiana does not allow abortions after 20 weeks gestation.
According to Rouhselang’s stepmother, Nicole Rouhselang, on Saturday evening her stepdaughter went to speak with Trejo about the baby. Rouhselang left her house around 11 pm. When Breana didn’t return home by 1 am, Nicole grew concerned.
At around 1 am, Nicole told police she went over to Trejo’s home to find out where Breana was. Trejo told Nicole that he went to an alley behind Breana’s house to talk to her around 11 pm, but she never showed up.
After speaking with Trejo, Nicole called the police. Officers went to the alley where Trejo said he went to meet Breana and found glasses and a stocking cap that belonged to Breana. The stocking cap looked like there was blood on it.
Shortly after finding the stocking cap and glasses, police found Breana’s body in a dumpster in the alley. A black plastic bag covered her torso and head.
When police located Breana’s body, they brought Trejo into the police station to question him about her death. Initially, Trejo told police the same story he told Breana’s stepmother. When police asked Trejo about the pregnancy, his story completely changed.
Trejo told police he went to talk with Breana about the pregnancy that night. He said that the two argued over the pregnancy. Trejo said he was angry that she waited to tell him because he wanted her to have an abortion. Realizing that Breana couldn’t abort the child, Trejo said he took “took action” and solved the problem.
According to police, Trejo brought a knife with him to meet Breana. During their argument, Trejo stabbed and killed Breana. After she died, Trejo threw her body into a nearby dumpster and covered her with a plastic trash bag he brought from home. Next, he said he walked to a river near the alley and threw Breana’s cell phone and the knife into the water.
An autopsy performed on Breana determined that she died from multiple stab wounds. A scarf tied around her neck had been used to strangle her before she died. Following Trejo’s confession, police charged him in the murder of Breana and the unborn fetus.
Word of her death spread Sunday night as the football team prepared for the annual football banquet. Instead of athletes and parents celebrating the end of the season, the group joined together to mourn the murder of Breana.
Police booked Trejo into St. Joseph County Jail. Prosecutors said Trejo would be tried as an adult for the murder. Trejos is ordered to remain in jail without bond. His first court appearance is on December 11, 2018.
While the relationship between Trejo and Breana seems unclear, people close to the case say there was no indication of previous violence between the two.
According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, murder is the number one cause of death for pregnant women. The study published in 2001, determined that 20% of pregnancy-related deaths were associated with murder. Most of the killings are connected to the partner, husband, or father of the unborn child.
Today a community in Indiana grieves the loss of a young woman gone too soon, and a football star sits behind bars because he wanted to get rid of a problem. According to school administrators, students will have access to counselors to work through their grief.
If you are worried your teen may be involved in a violent domestic relationship, there are resources to help teens navigate these troubling situations. Teens that need someone to talk to but are afraid to speak to parents are urged to call Love is Respect at 1-866-331-9474. The National Domestic Violence Hotline also provides resources for teens and parents.
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