Edna Elegy, Town Mourns Murdered Cheerleader as Undocumented Migrant Faces Justice

Edna Elegy, Town Mourns Murdered Cheerleader as Undocumented Migrant Faces JusticeSource: Edna Police Department
Javi Gonzalez
Published on December 10, 2023

Tragedy struck the small town of Edna, Texas, when 16-year-old cheerleader Lizbeth Medina was found dead in her apartment last Tuesday, an incident that has sent waves of horror throughout the community, as reported by KSAT. The Edna Police Department, teaming up with the Texas Rangers, identified and arrested Rafael Govea Romero, an undocumented migrant, on charges of capital murder in connection with the young girl's untimely death.

Following up on the investigation, police released images of a person of interest before the arrest was made, depicting a man clad in a "Volcom" hooded sweatshirt with a potential tattoo behind his right ear, driving a silver Ford Taurus, a lead that could have played a significant role in the rapid turn of the case. Romero was found about 62 miles away from Edna in Schulenburg and was swiftly taken into custody, as confirmed by Fox San Antonio.

The local high school cheerleader's absence from a Christmas parade led her mother, Jacqueline Medina, to make the heart-wrenching discovery at their home in Cottonwood Apartments. As she told Fox San Antonio, "Nobody ever wants to see your child in the bathtub the way I found her, the curtains were closed so I didn't see her but when I opened those curtains. I just want justice for my baby."

The case has not only gripped the town with its brutality but also highlighted the grim realities faced by small communities, Romero now facing the full extent of the law, after being transported to Jackson County Jail reports indicate, amid pleas from a grieving family and a shaken town for justice to be done for a life cut tragically short.