HOUSTON – A teenager accused of killing a 15-year-old girl was ordered held without bond on Thursday.
A judge ordered the unnamed juvenile detained on a murder charge.
Police said the boy admitted to killing his girlfriend, 15-year-old Karen Perez.
The suspect’s parents were silent as they left the courtroom and would not comment when asked about Thursday’s court proceedings.
“This is an ongoing investigation that's in its very early stages," said Jerry Acosta, the juvenile's attorney. "We'd ask that the public reserve judgment until all the evidence is collected and evaluated.”
Perez, a ninth-grader at South Houston High School, was last seen on the afternoon of May 27. Surveillance video shows her at a local taqueria on the day she disappeared. She was reported missing a day later.
Her body was found Monday night in a filthy abandoned apartment not far from the restaurant. Perez’s partially clothed body was found stuffed in a cabinet underneath a kitchen sink. ;
The community will host a walk in Perez’s honor from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants can register at the O’Reilly Auto Parts at 3408 South Shaver.
The walk will proceed from the store to the front of South Houston High School. There is a $10 minimum donation.
All the donations collected will be given to Perez's family.
Her funeral is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Monday at Forest Park Lawndale.
Her boyfriend is due back in court in 10 days.