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Two San Antonio teens accused of stealing necklace off dead body then posting video to social media, detectives say

The arrest affidavit particulars how the youthful woman admitted to utilizing the older woman’s telephone to file the incident and publish it to Snapchat.

SAN ANTONIO — There was a quiet, however noticeable gasp within the room when Sheriff Javier Salazar instructed these attending a business breakfast Wednesday morning that he was “shook” by a case Bexar County investigators are pursuing.

Salazar instructed the group “When my homicide sergeant pulled me aside and said ‘I’m going to show you video that’s going to be very, very disturbing,’ and he showed me the video and it was, I’m, I’m shook!  I am still shook.  I’m disturbed by it.”

Salazar stated on Tuesday, investigators got video that confirmed two teen ladies stealing a necklace from the body of a person they present in a west Bexar County drainage culvert Monday morning.  The Sheriff stated the video clip had been circulating on social media platforms and had even been seen by the household of the deceased. 

Salazar stated “If it weren’t on video? I wouldn’t believe that it happened.”

The teen ladies are 16 and 17.  The 17-year-old is charged as an grownup with theft from a human corpse or grave, which is a state jail felony. Jail data point out she has been launched on a $2,000 bond. Salazar stated the juvenile was charged as properly, however courtroom paperwork should not out there on that case.

Salazar stated the teens instructed investigators they have been strolling in a brand new neighborhood south of Marbach Road outdoors Loop 1604 once they noticed one thing uncommon and went to examine.  The Sheriff says when the women noticed the body in a culvert they referred to as a male pal, who joined them on the scene.

Salazar stated what occurred subsequent has left many in disbelief.

“One was filming the other taking a necklace off of the young man who was passed, passed away, and it was disturbing because they’re laughing. ‘I can’t believe you’re doing this,’ or words to that effect, treating it as a joke,” Salazar stated.

An arrest affidavit says when questioned, the teens instructed investigators they took the necklace and medallion as a result of the youthful woman appreciated it as a result of it “matched her fashion style.”  The older teen instructed an investigator she eliminated the jewellery from the person’s neck fastidiously, ensuring not to contact him.

Salazar stated “It makes you think ‘what have we come to as a society?’ where not only do these young folks feel like it’s okay to do that but then that video ends up on social media.”

The arrest affidavit particulars how the youthful woman admitted to utilizing the older woman’s telephone to file the incident and publish it to Snapchat.  Investigators stated the video clip additionally made its manner to the Next Door app, the place shocked neighbors within the fast neighborhood shared the clip and it will definitely ended up within the arms of detectives.

Salazar stated after the theft, the three younger individuals did name 911 to report discovering the body, however they didn’t report taking the necklace or medallion.  The ladies instructed investigators they tossed the chain in a close-by grassy space, however saved the pendant.  The youthful teen instructed investigators when she returned to her residence, she positioned the jewellery on a gold necklace she had. The arrest affidavit signifies the teenager did give up the merchandise when confronted with the video proof.

The affidavit stated the merchandise was returned to the sufferer’s household they usually have been in a position to determine it as his property.

Acknowledging that crime can occur wherever, Salazar stated he’s nonetheless amazed that this occurred in a neighborhood of expensive new houses.

“These young ladies didn’t look like some blood thirsty ghouls. They look like my daughter, literally.  They look like your daughter.  They look like the young lady that’s babysitting your kids or grandkids,” Salazar stated, including that he plans on following this case as a result of he stated the scenario cries out for options.

Salazar stated “We can pick our actions.  We can’t pick our consequences, and I think it’s just the beginning for these young ladies.  I hope that whatever we do moving forward somehow helps them with what they need to turn themselves around.”

Salazar stated he hopes the incident serves as a ‘kick within the pants’ to put the teens on the suitable path.

“It’s disturbing no matter how you look at it and I don’t know what the fix is. I don’t believe it’s prison. I believe some mental health help is in order,” Salazar stated, including “I don’t know what the solution is for children like them, because that’s what they are, is children. Legally, yes,  they are in an adult jail now but they’re kids and I don’t believe that they are beyond helping. I think that they’re very much worthy of helping.”

The loss of life of the person discovered by the teens has been dominated a suicide by the Bexar County Medical Examiner.  There is a web-based fundraiser underway to assist the household with funeral bills.

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