In the small town of Edna, Texas, was shaken by the murder of 16-year-old high school cheerleader Lizbeth Medina. The prime suspect, Rafael Govea Romero, an “undocumented” man, was apprehended in Schulenburg, Texas, approximately 75 miles away from the crime scene. The arrest follows Lizbeth’s discovery dead in her bathtub on December 5, prompting an investigation that led to Romero’s capture on December 9.
|December 5, 2023
|Lizbeth Medina found dead in her bathtub; discovered by her mother, Jacqueline Medina.
|December 9, 2023
|Rafael Govea Romero arrested in Schulenburg, Texas, on suspicion of capital murder.
|December 10, 2023
|Candlelight vigil held in Edna community for Lizbeth Medina outside Jackson County Courthouse.
|Edna Police Chief Rick Boone announces the arrest of Romero, emphasizing continued support for Lizbeth’s family.
Arrest and Charges
Rafael Govea Romero, 23 years old, now faces suspicion of capital murder in connection with Lizbeth’s tragic demise. The arrest was a joint effort by the Edna Police Department and the Texas Rangers, who located and apprehended Romero in Schulenburg before transporting him to the Jackson County Jail.
Details surrounding the arrest have not been disclosed to the public, leaving many questions unanswered about the circumstances leading to Romero’s capture.
The Tragic Discovery
The events unfolded when Lizbeth Medina failed to participate in a Christmas parade with her cheerleading squad. Her mother, Jacqueline Medina, discovered her lifeless body in the bathtub of their shared apartment on December 5. Jacqueline, devastated by the loss of her daughter, expressed her belief that Lizbeth’s murder was connected to a recent break-in at their residence.
In an interview with KAVU-TV, Jacqueline shared her anguish, saying, “There was no laced drugs, there was nothing like that. My daughter was found in a way that no mother should ever find their child. Someone hurt my child, someone took my child from me.”
Security Footage and Identification
Authorities had released security footage showing a person of interest wearing a black “Volcom” sweatshirt and having a distinctive tattoo behind the right ear. This footage helped in identifying Rafael Govea Romero as the suspect. The community’s assistance, along with law enforcement efforts, played a crucial role in locating and apprehending Romero.
Community Response and Vigil
The Edna community, shocked by Lizbeth’s untimely death, came together for a candlelight vigil held outside the Jackson County Courthouse. The vigil occurred on the same evening as Romero’s arrest, offering solace to Lizbeth’s grieving family and friends.
Edna Police Chief Rick Boone acknowledged the community’s support but emphasized that even with Romero’s apprehension, the pain and grief linger for Lizbeth’s loved ones.
Police have not disclosed whether there was any previous connection between the victim and the suspect.
Details surrounding Romero’s arrest, including the circumstances, have not been made public by law enforcement.
The community has expressed shock and sorrow, coming together for a candlelight vigil to support Lizbeth’s family.