Los Angeles High School Football Star Killed By Boyfriend After Breakup, Police Say

The suspected killer was upset because Jeremy Sanchez wanted to date a girl, police say.

It's a tale of jealousy, and jilted love.

A star high school quarterback in East Los Angeles broke up with his boyfriend to date a girl. His boyfriend allegedly took the hyperbolic teenage cliché, "If I can't have you, no one will," to the extreme, according to FOX 11 Los Angeles, and murdered his ex and dumped his body in a field.

Later, he "found" the body while leading a search party, thinking he'd outsmart everyone.

He didn't.

South El Monte High School student Jeremy Sanchez, 17, was found stabbed to death in the bushes near the San Gabriel River on Wednesday night, about 13 miles east of downtown L.A.

His ex-boyfriend, a 16-year-old who was not named because he was a minor, was arrested and charged with his murder.

Sanchez didn't show up for school on Wednesday, so his father reported him missing, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. The boyfriend and another friend offered to search, and then "found" Sanchez.

"He called the dad and said he found him," Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau told the paper. The dead teen's body was lying between the river and a bike trail, but you couldn't see it from the trail. Sanchez was fully clothed and lying face down, stabbed. This made investigators suspicious.

“Things did not add up,” Corina said.

Investigators searched the suspect’s home on Thursday and arrested him. They did not find the murder weapon. Corina called the suspect Sanchez's boyfriend, and said Sanchez was seeing a girl and wanted to break up with the boy, according to FOX 11 Los Angeles.

“The suspect got upset with that,” Corina told the Los Angeles Daily News. He said he thinks Sanchez was killed early Wednesday morning.

The community, dozens of classmates and family members gathered together on Thursday night to hold a vigil for the fallen boy, according to KTLA 5, a CW station in Los Angeles.

One of his teammates on the football team said he was devastated by the loss.

“Just this morning, it all came to me. I just fell apart," Godinez told KTLA 5. He said Sanchez was a "great friend," always smiling and making jokes.

“He was my quarterback," Godinez said. "I was his go-to receiver."

There's a GoFundMe page page that appears to have been set up to help with the funeral expenses. Oxygen.com has not verified the validity of the page.

The page describes Sanchez as a loving young man full of energy. He loved sports - he was on the Varsity football squad and he wrestled, too.

"We have no words to describe the grief that their family is experiencing right now," the page says.

[Photo: GoFundMe]




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