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Texas suspect in Lizbeth Medina murder held on $2M bond, placed on ICE detainer

Texas authorities on Monday set bail at $2 million for a male illegal alien suspect in the Dec. 5 murder of 16-year-old Lizbeth Medina.

Rafael Gobert Romero, 23, was charged with capital murder and placed in ICE custody after Edna High School cheerleader Medina was found murdered in the bathtub of her apartment. .

“On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 9, the Edna Police Department received information regarding the location of a suspect in the murder of Lizbeth Medina,” the Edna Police Department said in a press release Monday. “Information led to the location of Schulenberg, Texas. The Edna Police Department and Texas Rangers continued to collect evidence, assemble a team, and coordinate with the Schulenberg Police Department. I have moved to someone else's location.”

When police arrived at the suspect's location in Schulenburg, they contacted the “homeowner, who acknowledged the suspect's presence.”

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Edna police announced Sunday that they arrested Rafael Gobert Romero, an “undocumented male” who authorities believe is “the person responsible for the death of Lisbeth Medina,” in Schulenburg. (Edna Police Department/Instagram)

“The suspect was identified as Rafael Gobert Romero, born February 15, 2000. Officers seized the vehicle and evidence linking Romero to the murder of Lizbeth Medina. He was transported to the Jackson County Jail, where Romero was charged with murder and the judge. [sic]” said police.

Lisbeth's mother, Jacqueline Medina, told Fox News Digital on Sunday that she did not know the suspect. Jacqueline discovered her daughter in her bathtub Tuesday night after her daughter failed to show up to the Christmas parade she was supposed to participate in with the cheer team.

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Liz Medina

Jacqueline Medina returned home on Dec. 5 to find her daughter, Lizbeth “Liz” Medina, dead in the bathtub of her Cottonwood Apartments apartment that afternoon. (Facebook)

Edna police said the investigation into Lisbeth's murder is ongoing and that authorities are taking special care in releasing information to the media “to comply with due process, abide by ethical standards, and avoid trial by press conference.” Ta.

In a statement Sunday night, Edna Police Chief Rick Boone thanked local and state law enforcement for their cooperation in this case.

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Rafael Romero is detained

Edna police said the investigation into Lisbeth's murder is ongoing and that authorities are taking special care in releasing information to the media “to comply with due process, abide by ethical standards, and avoid trial by press conference.” Ta. (Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

“First, I would like to thank our members here at the Edna Police Department. As you know, we are a small police department and that can place great demands on our officers,” Boone said. “Not only were they willing to work during their shifts, they were willing to work hours on holiday and past their own shifts. They were dedicated to seeking justice for Lisbeth, and that It was evident in the amount of time we spent investigating this crime, and I am proud to call them my team!”

The police chief added, “There have also been a number of other agencies that have been active in the past to assist with investigations and additional patrols.” [five] day to day. “

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Cottonwood Apartments in Edna, Texas

Liz Medina was found dead in an apartment complex in Edna, Texas, on Tuesday night, December 5th. (Google Maps)

Jacqueline previously said she and her daughter are the only ones with keys to their home in Edna's Cottonwood Apartments, where they were temporarily staying after moving from Grand Island, Nebraska. Jacqueline recently said she has just started her new job in the field of renewable energy.

On the morning of Dec. 5, Jacqueline left her apartment around 6 a.m. to go to work and woke her daughter up for cheer practice before leaving. Lisbeth said she was supposed to go to school that day, but she didn't show up. She may have gone unnoticed because she had complained of not feeling well the day before.

Lisbeth Medina in a dress and flower crown

The mother of a 16-year-old Texas girl found dead in her Edna apartment is “praying for justice” for her only child. (Jacqueline Medina)

Police arrived at the scene just after 6pm on December 5th and began investigating the murder.

Jacqueline previously described her daughter as a “wonderful, good girl”. She was “very mature” and cared deeply for her friends and family.

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“I want everyone to know that he was a great kid,” Medina said. “She wasn't your average teenager who did crazy things and got into trouble. She was very mature for her age. She was a caring, loving person. As far as I know, and as far as I know from the messages I've received, she changed a lot of things. I just want her to be remembered that way, not the way she was taken from me. is. ”

The Medina family has set up a GoFundMe called “Justice for Lizbeth Medina” to support efforts to find Liz's suspected killer.

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