Two teenagers who attend Wylie East High School have been arrested and charged with the murder of a fellow classmate.
Garland police received a call around 9:38 p.m. Saturday regarding a suspicious vehicle near Highway 78, west of the Firewheel Mall.
Upon arrival, the two officers saw an unoccupied vehicle matching the call description. The officers then continue into a wooded area near where the unoccupied vehicle was located and saw two teen males running.
The officers returned to the suspect vehicle, waiting for the teens to possibly return to the car.
When the two teens approached the car, officers asked what they were doing. One of the teens replied “burying a body,” according to Wylie police.
Officer then detained the teen males and waited for backup to arrive.
Police cordoned off the area they believed the body would be located. A search of the area led authorities to the body of a 17-year-old, who has been identified as Ivan Mejia of Wylie.
Both arrested suspects are 16-year-old males. Their names will likely not be released as they are considered juveniles by the state.
All three attend Wylie East High School of Wylie ISD and are from the town of Wylie.
Although the teen’s body was found in Garland, police say the killing of the student took place in Wylie behind the high school on Bennett Road.
Authorities are calling the murder premeditated.
After killing Mejia, police say, the body was taken to the wooded area in Garland. Garland police called Wylie Police regarding the incident at 11:24 p.m.
Both teens are currently in the Collin County Juvenile Detention Facility in McKinney, and are both charged with 1st degree murder.
Wylie ISD released this statement in response to the murder and arrests Sunday night:
“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.”