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Published on June 20, 2024
San Antonio Family Seeks Answers for Kaylee Hernandez's Death as Teen Charged in Sister Kaitlyn's MurderSource: Unsplash/ Max Fleischmann

The unresolved circumstances surrounding Kaylee Hernandez's death continue to haunt her family, as they believe her alleged killer is still at large. Eight months have passed without definitive answers regarding the 18-year-old's sudden death in her family’s San Antonio home, where she was found unresponsive with no signs of trauma or foul play. FOX San Antonio reported that the medical examiner's office recently contacted Crystal Rodriguez, Kaylee's aunt, to inform her the official cause of death was undetermined. "We waited a long time, almost 8 months and this is the information our family is given," Rodriguez expressed in what comes as a compounding blow following a similar tragedy within the family.

Only six months after Kaylee's inexplicable death, her younger sister Kaitlyn was found dead due to strangulation and blunt force trauma under a bridge near their home. Disturbingly, investigators found that it was someone she knew who is now charged with her death. Riding on the wave of community support and tips, the police arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with Kaitlyn Hernandez's murder. In the chilling details obtained by News 4 San Antonio, it was DNA evidence that tied him to the crime after he was last seen with Kaitlyn, raising questions and concerns over Kaylee's unsolved case within the same community.

The 15-year-old suspect, whose name has not been disclosed due to his age, waived his right to appear in court on Thursday. The case has garnered much attention as it highlights the stark contrast between the resolution of Kaitlyn's murder and the ambiguity that plagues Kaylee's death. According to a report from News 4 San Antonio, Kaitlin's body was found in a drainage ditch on March 12th after she went out for a walk and failed to return. A passerby later answered her abandoned phone and returned it to the family, leading to the grim discovery.

The court date for the teenager accused of Kaitlin's murder has yet to be scheduled.