High School Football Player Kills Pregnant Cheerleader, Leaves Body in Dumpster

Saul Bowman
December 14, 2018

Aaron Trejo of Mishawaka told the police that he stabbed Breana Rouhselang, who was six months pregnant, after she hid her pregnancy.

When Rouhselang's mother woke up around 1 a.m. on Sunday and noticed her daughter had not yet returned home, she went to Trejo's home, where the suspect told her he hadn't seen Rouhselang that night as the two had planned.

Police arrested Trejo early Sunday morning after cops found Rouhselang's body covered in a trash bag in a dumpster behind a restaurant near her home.

He is accused of stabbing her multiple times after learning that the former cheerleader and team manager was pregnant with their child. He told officers he "took action" because it was too late for her to have an abortion.

The body of 17-year-old cheerleader and softball player Breana Rouhselang was recovered Sunday from a dumpster behind a Mishawaka, IN, restaurant. She had agreed to meet him, but he told police she wasn't at home when he went there, according to the affidavit. Gabby Trozzy, who had classes with Rouhselang, said she "didn't believe" that her classmate had died at first.

Trejo, 16, told police that he knew Breana Rouhselang, 17, was pregnant and he was "supposed to be the father of the baby", but neither he nor Rouhselang wanted to have the baby, a probable cause affidavit said.

Trejo will be arraigned Tuesday.


Trejo was charged as an adult and could face more than 80 years in prison, the station reported. Trejo was arrested not long after the discovery of Rouhselang's body, police say.

Upon searching the alley behind Rouhselang's house, cops found glasses and a bloody stocking cap.

Breana's anxious family called cops around 4:30am Sunday after getting 'the feeling that something wasn't right, ' local homicide cop Lieutenant Alex Arendt said. "I took her life", Aaron said, according to Detective Gery Mullins in charging documents.

The defendant remains held without bond at the St. Joseph County Jail on a charge of murder. I just don't understand it. "Our focus now is to offer all of the support possible to our staff and students", the school said.

Rouhselang's stepmother created a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses.

"We're just focusing on healing the kids", said Meg Sauer, chief communications officer for the northern IN school district.

Students at her school staged a walkout on Monday at 11 am, observing a moment of silence around the school's flagpole in honour of their friend. "No one can ever be prepared for a loss like this".

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