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Texas teen murdered in bathtub likely stalked by illegal immigrant suspect: police

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Police in Texas say the illegal immigrant suspect charged with killing 16-year-old Lizbeth Medina, who was found stabbed to death in the bathtub of her home on December 5th, shot the girl before allegedly taking her life. I think there is a high possibility that he was stalking me.

“More than anything, I want something good to come out of this tragedy. I want to find a way to make better laws, because, you know,” said Jacqueline Medina, Lisbeth's mother. , this person shouldn't be here.” she told FOX News Digital. “If the protocols had been followed, he probably shouldn't have come to this country. So in the name of her daughter, I hope there's always a good outcome. No matter what… Even if it takes a while.”

Lisbeth was Jacqueline's only daughter and her only “mission in life.” Now, she says, her mission is to “deliver justice.”

“We want to prevent this from happening to other children. Our children need to be safe in their communities,” she said. “There's no way some kids should be afraid of people, strangers, coming over and stalking them.”

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Jacqueline Medina returned home that afternoon to find her 16-year-old daughter, Lizbeth “Liz” Medina, dead in her bathtub. (Instagram)

Rafael Gobert Romero (23 years old) charged with murder of a villain Medina, a cheerleader at Edna High School, was found in a bathtub with “blood on her side and what appeared to be a stab wound to the upper abdomen” and was taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. . According to a police affidavit obtained by Fox News Digital.

“While processing the scene, Lisbeth was found to have multiple stab wounds and her clothes were soaked, so Lisbeth's murder was a criminal homicide and her body was washed after the murder. “It has come to be considered that it has been stolen.” In her affidavit.

Police also determined that Lisbeth's apartment was burglarized on November 13, about a month before the teen was killed.

Jacqueline said she didn't understand the connection at first. She and Lisbeth have noticed that small things have been missing from the apartment for some time. On November 13th, several large items were missing and the police reported the missing items to the police.

Police arrested Rafael Gobert Romero.

The Edna Police Department announced the arrest of Rafael Gobert Romero, an “undocumented male” who authorities believe is “the person responsible for the death of Lizbeth Medina” in Schulenburg. (Edna Police Department)

“After this person was arrested, [police] “I found something tangible that was missing, and I knew it was connected,” Jacqueline said.

Officers also suggested a connection between the robbery and murder in their affidavits.

“I believe the robbery on November 13, 2023 may be related to the murder suspect,” Edna police officer wrote. “I believed that the suspect in this murder was at large and posed a current danger to the community. I had heard that the suspected murder suspect had been sending emails to other high school students. We were particularly concerned and thought the suspect was targeting students.”

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“Additionally, the stalking-like behavior exhibited by the suspect in connection with the Nov. 13, 2023 robbery and Dec. 4, 2023, driving at an apartment complex puts the public at risk. I believe I have been exposed.”

Jacqueline said the stalking was “the scariest part” of the tragedy that has changed her life forever since December 5.

Liz Medina

Jacqueline Medina returned home that afternoon to find her daughter, Lizbeth “Liz” Medina, dead in the bathtub of her Cottonwood Apartments apartment. She did not see or contact her 16-year-old daughter that afternoon. (Facebook)

“I can't even imagine how a human being could do something like that,” she said. “I never understood why strangers would stalk people. You know what I mean? I never thought it was real. I've seen it in movies, but I never thought it was real. I didn’t, and that’s what’s scary to me.’ I’m having a panic attack. ”

“If you want to rob an apartment, why don't you just take whatever you want and leave her alone?”

— Jacqueline Medina

Edna authorities suggested that Romero may have stolen Lisbeth's cell phone after the murder. On the day she was murdered, Lisbeth's boyfriend used her smartphone to track the 16-year-old's location to an area about half a mile from her apartment. The next day, Lisbeth's cousin noticed that her Snapchat sent to the victim had been opened, indicating that someone had been using her phone since her death.

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Additionally, Lisbeth's boyfriend and friend received a text message reply from her number on December 9, the day of Lisbeth's wake.

“Saturday, the day my daughter's wake was held, people realize how sick this man is. It was magical to me because my daughter was there and everyone there felt her.” A few minutes after the wake, one of her friends texted me, “I looked at my daughter's phone and I just wanted to say something nice to her.'' People responded,” Jacqueline said.

Lisbeth Medina hugs a puppy

Jacqueline Medina previously described her daughter as “an amazingly good girl.” She was “very mature” and cared deeply for her friends and family. (Jacqueline Medina)

The friend told Lisbeth's boyfriend, who sent a text message himself to Lisbeth's cell phone, and he also received a reply.

“At that point they called me and said, 'Jackie, someone is answering Elizabeth's phone.' My heart sank and I said, 'It's him, it has to be him.' .”

Within an hour of reporting suspicious phone activity to Edna police, authorities tracked the location of Lisbeth's cell phone and located Romero in Schulenberg, Texas, about an hour's drive from Edna. I was arrested.

“I'm really grateful to the police. … There were a lot of people involved and I'm grateful to the community for helping out, but it's all thanks to the quick action of the police,” Jacqueline said. . “They were able to obtain emergency information about the location of that cell phone and track this person down.”

Lisbeth Medina in a dress and flower crown

On December 5th, 16-year-old Lizbeth Medina was found dead in her Texas home. (Jacqueline Medina)

After the suspect's arrest, bail was set at $2 million.

Jacqueline said she wants to keep her daughter's memory alive and put an end to rumors about her and her daughter.

“There are so many lies being told in the media,” the grieving mother said. “And I don't care at this point if they talk about me. I just want my daughter's memory to live on. … She's not here to defend herself. She is not here to say, “I didn't know this person. I knew this person.'' Stranger. ” And for the heartless people who say my daughter’s name, it’s disgusting. ”

She previously described her daughter as an “amazingly 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 wonderful child,” Jacqueline 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 and loving person. As far as I can tell, and as far as I can tell 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.'' ”

The Medina family has set up a GoFundMe called “Justice for Lizbeth Medina” in an effort to find Liz's murder suspect.

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