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Wylie teen found dead in Garland, 2 teens arrested for murder

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WYLIE, Texas -

Two 16-year-old Wylie boys each face a first degree murder charge in the death of a classmate.

The teens were spotted in a remote part of Garland on Saturday around 11:30 p.m., and when confronted by police, said they were burying a body.

Police found the body of 17-year-old Ivan Mejia in an area near Highway 78 and George Bush Turnpike, west of Firewheel Mall.

All three boys were students at Wylie East High School. Police believe that after the murder took place behind the school, Mejia's body was stuffed in a trunk, and the boys headed south.

"After fleeing and coming back to their vehicle, they basically told the officers, ‘You caught us.' They asked, ‘What are you doing here?' and they said ‘Burying a body,'" said Sgt. Donna Valdenpena with the Wylie Police Department.

Prosecutors on Monday told a judge the two suspects choked and suffocated Mejia, then put him in a headlock. To ensure he was dead, one of the suspects held Mejia's nose shut and the other put a sock in his mouth and then taped it over.

Police believe the murder was planned for nearly a week. Prosecutors told a judge the motive for the murder was likely over a relationship with a girl that Mejia was dating, causing jealousy for one of the suspects.

The names of the suspects will not be released because both suspects are 16 years old. They made their first court appearances Monday, showing no emotion during their detention hearing.

At that hearing, the judge ordered them to be held for another 10 days because of the violent nature of the crime.

Both are currently in custody at the Collin County Juvenile Detention Facility in McKinney. Attorneys and parents of the suspects had requested them released into parents' custody.

Mejia was in his first year in the ROTC program at Wylie East High and indicated to the program's sponsor he was thinking about a career in the military. Mejia told the sponsor he thought the program could put him on the path to being a marine.

Wylie ISD said in a statement the murder "was not connected to any school or district-sponsored activity" and there will be grief counselors available when students return next week after spring break.

Grant Goens, the family attorney for one of the teen suspects, says they will stick by him.

"They love him with all their heart," said Goens. "They are going to support him in any way possible.  Just like any other family would support their children."

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