The parents of a pregnant high school cheerleader who was found stabbed to death and thrown into a dumpster Sunday morning are "just in shock" over their loss.
Breana Rouhselang's father and stepmother remembered the 17-year-old as a girl full of school spirit who wanted to be everyone's friend.
"She's the nicest, sweetest, most innocent girl you'd ever meet," her dad, Dave Rouhselang, told ABC News.
Rouhselang's body was found Sunday, hours after she had gone to meet the alleged father of her baby behind the home where she lived with her biological mother. When she didn't return, her family became concerned and contacted police.
Police would later arrest 16-year-old Aaron Trejo and charge him as an adult with murder and feticide after they say he confessed to killing the teen. He allegedly was angry she didn't tell him about the pregnancy until it was already too late for an abortion and said he didn't want the unborn child, according to court documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
"I took action... I took her life," he allegedly told authorities during an interview after Rouhselang's body had been discovered.
An autopsy found Rouhselang was stabbed multiple times and strangled with a scarf she'd been wearing, before her body was put into a dumpster behind a restaurant near her home.
Trejo pleaded not guilty to the charges in court on Tuesday.
Dave Rouhselang said wasn't aware his daughter was pregnant until after she was killed.
"We didn't know anything about it," he said.
Rouhselang's family remembered her as a talented athlete who was on the Mishawaka High School cheerleading squad, played basketball and was the manager for the football team. She had hoped to one day go to college.
Now they are grappling with the news that the daughter they loved so much is gone.
"We’re just in shock, really. We’re in disbelief that this is going on," step-mom Nicole Rouhselang said in the interview. "I woke up this morning and wanted to send her a text. But there’d be nobody on the other end."
The family hopes justice will be served and her killer will be held responsible.
"She didn't deserve this," Nicole Rouhselang said. "Nobody deserves this."
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