Man arrested, charged in connection to death of Edna High School cheerleader, police say

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
Man arrested in connection to Edna cheerleader's death, police say
Rafael Govea Romero is accused of killing 16-year-old Lizbeth Medina and has since been charged with capital murder after being arrested on Saturday.

JACKSON COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- An arrest was made in connection to the death of a 16-year-old cheerleader in Jackson County, Texas, according to the Edna Police Department.

Officials have arrested Rafael Govea Romero, who has been charged with the capital murder of Lizbeth Medina, who was found dead by her mother inside their apartment complex.

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According to the teen's mother, Jacquline Medina, Lizbeth did not arrive with her cheer squad at an annual town event to celebrate the holidays on Dec. 5.

The mother made the discovery and called police to the Cottonwood Apartments. First responders tried to save the teen, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Romero, who authorities say is undocumented, was arrested one day after Edna police released images that were believed to be him wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and driving a silver Ford Taurus.


The Edna Police Department has released surveillance photos of a person of interest possibly linked to the death of a 16-year-old cheerleader.

According to a release by Edna PD, police were able to identify and locate Romero in the city of Schulenburg and make the proper arrest on Saturday.

Romero has since been booked into the Jackson County Jail, according to officials.

Officials have not said if Romero will be granted bond.

On the same day, several friends and family members gathered for a candlelight vigil in honor of the teen at the Jackson County Courthouse.

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