Grand jury indicts illegal immigrant on capital murder following death of high school cheerleader

The illegal immigrant, identified as 23-year-old Rafael Govea Romero, is accused of stabbing Lizbeth Medina, 16, to death during what authorities believe was an attempted burglary or sexual assault, according to a Thursday report.


Romero allegedly struck the teenage girl, caused her head to strike a “firm surface,” hit her with a “hard object,” and “repeatedly stabbing or cutting” her “with a sharp object or edged weapon,” documents suggest.

“It’s very disturbing to me,” the victim’s mother said. “I don’t want to miss anything at all, not if I can help it, because my baby deserves justice, and I want to be part of it.”

Prior to the death of the teenage cheerleader, her residence had been burglarized on Nov. 13, 2023, and police confirmed that Jacqueline Medina had reported missing belongings, the report noted.


“I believed the suspect of this murder was at large and a present danger to the community.”

Authorities managed to track down Romero through the 16-year-old’s phone and arrested the illegal immigrant, placing him on a $2 million bond.