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Slain Wylie teen's family says they forgive suspects, families

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The parents of a Wylie teen recently murdered have maintained their privacy -- until Tuesday, that is, when they went public with messages for the suspects and their families, and with memories of their son.

"And they want the other families to know that they express forgiveness," said Benjamin Alicea, who spoke on behalf of the family of the victim, Ivan Mejia. "They want to hold nothing against them. Not even against the kids who were involved in this."

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

Two 16-year-old Wylie boys each face a first degree murder charge in connection to the death. Police say the suspects choked Mejia to death behind Wylie East High School, stuffed his mouth with a sock and taped it closed before putting his body in a trunk and leaving to bury him.

"They wanted the other families to know that they hold no grudge, that they understand they are also grieving in this dark time," said Alicea.

Police haven't disclosed how Mejia was lured to the back of Wylie East or if he thought he might be in danger.

Alicea declined to comment on the family's behalf about the investigation, or the police's suspicion that the attack was sparked by jealousy over a girl.

Alicea said he's not sure how many details the Mejia family knows, but even that wouldn't change how they feel about the suspects.

A memorial service for Mejia will take place Friday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist in Wylie.

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