Grief counselors were on hand at Wylie East High School as students returned from spring break on Monday -- the first time students were in classes since student Ivan Mejia's death. Monday night, Ivan's father also spoke out about his son's death.
Police said 17-year-old Ivan Mejia was killed behind the school on March 8, the first day spring break, allegedly by two of his fellow classmates. Officers caught two 16-year-old boys allegedly burying his body near Firewheel Town Center in Garland.
A vigil was held for Ivan on Monday night.
Ivan's father, Favio, took on the painful task of talking about his son's murder. The last time he spoke, he shocked many by saying his family forgives the suspects.
"One thing we learned is, you know, when we know God, it's peace in our soul," said Favio Mejia.
Friday, Ivan's classmates remembered him and another recently murdered student, Nehum Martinez, by tying blue ribbons around town and releasing balloons. They vowed to petition legislators to change Texas law so that juveniles charged with murder are tried as adults.
The two suspects in Ivan Mejia's case are charged as juveniles with murder.
Flavio says he stands by his willingness to forgive, but when asked about changing the Texas law, he said, "If boys, childs, 16, 17 years making or doing something like Benji, me, the same age, adults people, why the law cannot judge like adult people? If they make the same things like me or somebody else can do. "
The two suspects' names have not been made public because of their age.
Police say the suspects choked Ivan to death and even stuffed his mouth with a sock and taped it closed. Police say the suspects then put him in a trunk and drove the body away with plans to bury it.
Police believe the suspects killed Mejia in revenge over a relationship with a girl.
Flavio Mejia declined to answer any questions about the investigation, but did say one thing is certain.
"We raised him with good principals, and I'm very sure he fight ‘til the last moment," said Flavio.
Students attended an assembly where Wylie East's principal spoke, discussing the strength the family of Mejia has shown and that students should stick together during the tough times.
"None of us could have expected something like that over spring break, especially right away," said student Stephen Austin. "I just hope that things will get back to normal soon and that something like this never happens again."
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