Aaron Trejo, 16, has been formally charged with murder and feticide in connection to the death of 17-year-old Mishawaka High School student Breana Rouhselang, who was a cheerleader and softball player at the school. Despite being 16-years-old, he has been charged as an adult.
According to reports, Rouhselang’s body was found on Sunday, December 9, in a dumpster behind Pasquale Rulli’s Restaurant in Mishawaka, Indiana.
An autopsy found that Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds and that strangulation was occurring prior to death. Additionally, she was found to be pregnant.
Trejo, a football player at Mishawaka High School, was taken into custody and was held on a preliminary murder charge before being formally charged with murder and feticide. Following his arrest, Trejo was held without bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in court on Tuesday, December 11.
The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit was in charge of the homicide investigation.
At Sunday afternoon’s press conference, officials said Trejo would be charged as an adult Monday morning. Rouhselang was a cheerleader and softball player at Mishawaka. Her family reported her missing just hours before her body was discovered. When police arrived at the 400 block of Battell Street around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, they found evidence of a violent crime before ultimately discovering Rouhselang’s body in the dumpster.
Shortly after finding her body, police interviewed Trejo and took him into custody on the preliminary murder charge. Investigators said at a press conference they believe Rouhselang and Trejo knew each other from the football team, but police did not elaborate on their connection to one another.
“The thing is that most of us are fathers, and any senseless death is very upsetting, but when you’re talking about young people, it’s more so,” St. Joseph County Deputy Prosecutor Chris Fronk said. “Victims’, suspects’ families, those are the kind of people we keep our focus on, because they didn’t choose this.”
Who Is Aaron Trejo?
Aaron Trejo is a 16-year-old Mishawaka High School student in Mishawaka, Indiana, that was arrested and charged with the murder of 17-year-old Mishawaka High School Breana Rouhselang on Monday, December 10.
Mishawaka High School released the following statement about the alleged murder:
“The Mishawaka High School family suffered a terrible tragedy today. School administrators are working with authorities in the investigation of the death of 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends who have been affected by this great loss. Our focus now is to offer all of the support possible to our staff and students.
There will be grief counselors available at Mishawaka High School first thing in the morning, and throughout the day. School will be open, and we believe it is best for all students to come and be around those who care for them.”
A GoFundMe page has since been created to help pay for Rouhselang’s funeral expenses.
Who Is Breana Rouhselang?
Breana Rouhselang, a 17-year-old cheerleader, softball player, and student at Mishawaka High School, has been identified as the young woman whose body was found in a dumpster behind Pasquale Rulli’s Restaurant in Mishawaka, Indiana on Sunday, December 9.