MISHAWAKA, Ind. — A high school football player in Indiana is facing homicide and feticide charges after killing his girlfriend out of anger that she let the pregnancy proceed until it was too late to obtain an abortion.
Aaron Trejo, 16, was arrested on Sunday in the death of Breana Rouhselang, 17, who was a former cheerleader, softball player manager for the football team for Mishawaka High School. Rouhselang was six months pregnant with their baby.
According to reports, Rouhselang’s family called police at 4:30 a.m. after she did not return home from meeting with Trejo Saturday night. Her body was later found in a dumpster behind Rulli’s Restaurant.
Fox 59 News reports that Trejo admitted to police that he killed Rouhselang, stating that she had waited too long to tell him about the pregnancy to get an abortion, and so he “took action.”
“I took her life,” he said.
He initially denied seeing Rouhselang over the weekend, but evidence in the alley behind the teen’s house, including a blood-soiled stocking cap, pointed to the commission of a violent crime. The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit brought Trujo in for questioning, and he denied seeing the girl a second time before eventually confessing to the murder.
“[H]e had been planning and thinking about killing Breana and the baby for about a week and had not told anybody,” a police affidavit states.
According to reports, the two had a fight over the baby on Saturday, during which Trejo choked Rouhselang and stabbed her in the heart. He then pulled a garbage bag over her head and threw her body in the dumpster. Trejo also disposed of Rouhselang’s phone and the knife used in the crime in the river.
Officials at Mishawaka High School released a statement on Sunday, expressing condolences and advising that grief counselors would be available to students if needed.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends who have been affected by this great loss,” the statement says. “Our focus now is to offer all of the support possible to our staff and students.”
Students also gathered around the school flagpole on Monday to observe a moment of silence in the loss of their classmate.
Trejo will be tried as an adult, and faces up to 65 years in prison for killing Rouhselang, and up to 16 years for the death of the baby.
As previously reported, in Mark 7:20-23 Jesus outlined that murder, like all sin, begins in the heart. It is why He declared that men must be born again (John 3:3) and have their very nature changed, or they cannot see the Kingdom of God.
“That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man,” Jesus said. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
The Bible states that one can be guilty in God’s eyes of committing murder in their heart before ever committing the physical act of violence against their neighbor.