HOUSTON - Police believe they are one step closer to identifying a teenager who was allegedly murdered by MS-13 gang members who killed her as part of a satanic ritual.
In an HPD news conference Friday morning, police said they believe they know who the victim is but they aren't releasing any more information. Police also say that a third underage girl is now a part of the investigation but did not release any more information on her.
The body of the murder victim was found on Sharpcrest near Corporate on the morning of February 16. She'd been shot in the head and the chest.
Diego Alexander Hernandez-Rivera, 18, and Miguel Angel Alvarez-Flores, 22, were arrested Monday and charged with killing her.
Police connected the suspects to the murder thanks to a 14-year-old girl who said the same guys held her against her will and forced her to have sex in early February. The girl believes the teen she knew as "Genesis" was killed because she bashed a Satanic statue that belonged to the gang members.
Many people have been sharing a DPS flyer on the KHOU 11 Facebook page of a missing Jersey Village girl named Gemesis Carnejo, who they believe could be the victim. She looks like the victim and the ages, height, clothing description and time frame match but police aren't confirming that she may be their victim.
The 14-year old girl told prosecutors she was passed from man to man and apartment to apartment after running away in late January. She was eventually turned over to a group of gang members back on Feb. 2 and was held captive for more than two weeks.
The girl told police six gang members shared the apartment at 2900 Gessner and a guy nicknamed Diabolico called the shots. She said the gang members fed her drugs and alcohol and forced her to have sex with a guy named Daniel.
"She was held down while 'Diabolico' tattooed a grim reaper from her knee to her foot," the judge said in court Thursday.
The 14-year-old says "Genesis" was also being held against her will. She said after "Genesis" bashed the shrine, "Diabolical" took offense and made a peace offering of a cigarette to the saint, but, said a soul was needed to make the saint happy.
"He returned from the statue and told the entire group that the beast did not want a material offering, but wanted a soul," the judge said. Prosecutors say Diego Rivera has admitted he pulled the trigger.
One morning, the 14-year-old woke up and "Genesis" was gone. It is not known how authorities found the 14-year-old kidnapping victim, but she's now a major part of this case.
There's an immigration hold on the suspects, which will keep them from getting out of jail. The suspects are Salvadorian immigrants in the country illegally.
If you have any information about the case or the victim, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the NCMEC at 1-800-THE LOST.