EDNA, TX — The Edna Police Department announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with the tragic murder of 16-year-old Lizbeth Medina. The suspect, identified as Rafael Govea Romero, was apprehended in Schulenburg, following a collaborative effort by local law enforcement and the Texas Rangers. Romero was in the country illegally and police referred to him as an "undocumented male suspect."
Edna, situated northeast of Victoria on US 59, and Schulenburg, located on US 77 near the intersection with I-10, are approximately an hour's drive apart.
Police Chief Rick Boone of the Edna Police Department stated that Romero was arrested in Schulenburg and is now being held at the Jackson County Jail in Edna on charges of capital murder. Details about Romero's age and background have not been disclosed, as the jail booking record was not immediately available.
Lizbeth Medina, a junior varsity cheerleader for the Edna Cowboys, was found deceased on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Cottonwood Apartments in northern Edna. Her body was discovered by friends and family after concerns were raised about her absence from a Christmas parade where she was scheduled to perform.
Chief Boone expressed his condolences to Lizbeth's family and friends and acknowledged the need for ongoing community support. He also reassured the citizens of Edna that the suspect's apprehension should bring a sense of peace to the community.
The Edna Police Department extended its gratitude to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, the Schulenburg Police Department, and the Texas Rangers for their assistance in the case.
In Texas, capital murder charges can carry the death penalty if the accused is found guilty. The police have not provided details regarding the circumstances of Romero's entry into the United States.