Wylie East High School students arrested in classmate's murder
A 17-year-old Wylie East High School student was killed Saturday night, and two of his classmates have been charged with first-degree murder. Senior Ivan Mejia's body was found by Garland police on March 8 after a 911 call about a suspicious vehicle near Firewheel Mall.
When police approached the area off Highway 78 and George Bush Tollway, they spotted two boys running away from the car. After the suspects returned to their vehicle, officers asked them what they were doing.
According to a statement from Wylie police Sgt. Donna Valdepena, one of the boys said, "We are burying a body."
The officers arrested the boys, both 16 years old. Mejia's body was found nearby, but the boys told police that they killed their classmate directly behind Wylie East High School on Bennett Road.
"The investigation does reveal the murder was preplanned," Valdepena said in the statement.
Because the suspects are juveniles, their names cannot be released at this time. During a phone interview with CultureMap Dallas, Valdepena said she could not release any further details on the case because it is an active investigation.
The horrific news of Mejia's death comes just days after another Wylie ISD student was reported missing while on an out-of-state school trip. Stephen Colbert, 15, was found unharmed on March 8.
In a statement, Wylie ISD spokesman Ian Halperin said Mejia's death was not related to any school activity:
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.