Now, new harrowing details have emerged in the murder of the South Houston, Texas teen.
During a hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors revealed Perez's 15-year-old boyfriend — who has been charged with her murder — allegedly used his cell phone to record her last moments, which included Perez begging for her life.
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson told the court that one of the suspect's phones contained texts to Perez that demanded she skip classes with him. When she didn't oblige, he threatened to kill her via text.
After Perez was reported missing on Friday after leaving her school, Anderson claims her boyfriend and his father drove around looking for her, until "the defendant told his father to just take him home because she is not alive."
A second cell phone was recovered in the abandoned apartment where the victim's body was found beneath a sink. Anderson claimed that the phone contained incriminating audio files.
"The second cell phone contained a video. The video is completely black but the audio is good. You can clearly hear the defendant forcing the victim to have sex with him. He even calls her by name… You can hear the victim saying she does not want to do this. You can hear the defendant choking the victim. You can hear the victim stating, 'I don't want to die.'"
According to police, the suspect and two other males coaxed Perez to the deserted building — and the sexual assault and choking happened after the other two students returned to class.
Investigators say the boyfriend confessed to the murder after being faced with the cell phone evidence. When asked if he killed Perez, he reportedly replied:
"Yes, I did. That's all I'm saying."
This is so unsettling. We hope Perez's killer gets put away for a long time for this senseless, brutal crime.
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