SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - A Mishawaka teen has pleaded guilty to murder and feticide in the death of 17-year-old Mishawaka High School student Breana Rouhselang and her unborn child.
Breana Rouhselang and Aaron Trejo
Aaron Trejo, 17, pleaded guilty Wednesday during a status conference.
"It doesn't matter how much time someone is given, the loss is never going to be replaced," Mishawaka Police Lt. Tim Williams said.
Williams knows most of the kids who've grown up in Mishawaka. He grew close to Rouhselang through the school district's D.A.R.E. program.
"Children like Breana make such a huge impact on me. It's almost like losing a child," he added.
Both Trejo and Rouhselang were students at Mishawaka High School. Rouhselang was six months pregnant with Trejo's child.
Her body was found in a dumpster behind a Mishawaka restaurant.
"I kept asking if it was my daughter. I can tell by some of the mannerisms from the coroner it was my daughter," Dave Rouhselang, Breana's father, told 16 News Now.
"She was probably the nicest, most genuine, caring, innocent person you could probably meet," he added.
He and Rouhselang's stepmother, Nicole, talked to 16 News Now back in February.
Trejo now faces more than 80 years in prison.
It's a sentence for a crime still felt every day in the community by those who will always remember Rouhselang.
"It's just seeing her smile and knowing it's going to be gone, but it's always going to be here in Mishawaka," former classmate Kaelei Johnson said.
Trejo is set to be sentenced Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph County.