Two Texas teenagers were arrested in the murder of their classmate Ivan Mejia, CBS DFW reported Sunday. Garland police arrested the Wylie East High School students Saturday night after they received a call about an unoccupied vehicle.
When authorities found the vehicle that matched the description, they spotted two teens running away into the nearby woods. Police waited for them by the car, assuming they would return. Once they did, police asked what they were doing and one of the teens reportedly answered, “Burying a body.”
After the boys, both 16, were detained, authorities began to look for a body. They soon found the remains of 17-year-old Mejia, the teenagers’ classmate.
Police did not release the names of the suspects because they are minors, but WFAA Channel 8 reporter Jobin Panicker said in a tweet they are Brendan Bridges and Adam Stoup.
Panicker said Mejia was put in a headlock and choked to death. Also, that the teens had planned the murder since March 3, according the testament of a probation officer, which “indicated significant amount of planning."
Even though Mejia’s body was found in Garland, he was reportedly murdered behind the high school. The suspects are being charged with first-degree murder and are being held at Collin County Juvenile Detention Facility in McKinney. Fox 4 News reporter Joangel Concepcion tweeted that Mejia was murdered in jealousy over a girl.
The Wylie Independent School District released this statement on Sunday via CBS DFW after the arrests:
“The entire Wylie ISD community is shocked and saddened by this senseless act. We are cooperating with the police as they investigate, and we hope they will be able to provide us with some understanding of how this tragedy unfolded.
This incident was not connected to any school or district-sponsored activity. We are notifying Wylie East parents, and we will have counselors available at the school next week.”
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