Police say a 15-year-old boy has been detained in connection with Perez's murder. While the boy's name is not being released due to his age, officials say he has been charged with a single count of murder.
On May 27, Perez went missing after leaving South Houston High School — which is located directly across the street from the complex where her corpse was later found — with her ex-boyfriend and another male.
Maria Perez, the victim's aunt, spoke out about the dangerous complex, telling reporters many neighbors want it torn down:
"Everybody knows that when they skip [school], they come here to this property, and it's so dangerous and I can't believe nobody has [done anything about it.]"