DALLAS (AP) — Two 16-year-olds are accused of targeting and killing a classmate in what may have been a dispute over a girl.
The two North Texas youths were charged police said they were caught trying to dump the other boy’s body.
The teens are charged as juveniles in the death of 17-year-old Wylie East High School senior Ivan Mejia northeast of Dallas. Mejia’s death comes two years after another Wylie East student was killed, and a fellow teenager was sentenced in that case.
Authorities said in court in McKinney on Monday that the boys choked Mejia to death, and that the victim and one of the boys appeared to be involved with the same girl. A judge in suburban Collin County ordered that the teens be kept in juvenile detention.
A 911 call Saturday about a car veering off a highway led police to a wooded area in Garland, south of Wylie, where authorities say they spotted the teens. Police say that when the two were questioned, the boys said they were trying to get rid of Mejia’s body.
Police say Mejia had been killed on a road behind the Wylie school.
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