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16-year-old high school student arrested on suspicion of killing ex-boyfriend

The body of Jeremy Sanchez, 17, was discovered next to a riverbed in California last Wednesday (April 18).

2018-04-23

A 16-year-old boy has been arrest on suspicion of killing his ex-boyfriend.

The body of high school student Jeremy Sanchez, 17, was found next to a riverbed in South El Monte, east of Los Angeles, last Wednesday (April 18). He had been stabbed to death.

Los Angeles Blade reports that a 16-year-old classmate of Sanchez has arrest on suspicion of murder. It has been claimed the pair were friends and had been romantically involved until recently.

Sanchez was last seen on Tuesday night (April 17) and was reported missing by his father after he failed to turn up to school the following day.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspision of killing 17-year-old high school student Jeremy Sanchez (pictured)

The suspect, who cannot be named due to his age, discovered Sanchez's body during the ensuing search effort.

"This is somebody who obviously planned this, who tried to plan it well," said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Lt. John Corina. "And who then tried to throw everybody off."

School authorities described Sanchez as "a happy, funny and lighthearted student who had a passion for sports, having played on the football, baseball, and wrestling teams."

However, friend Ashley Lara told Fox 11 that the murdered student had suffered abuse from classmates because of his sexuality.

"He stopped wrestling and being a football athlete because of this bullying," she said. “He might have been bisexual and he got bullied because of that. So that made him quit sports."

A Crowdfunder has been set up to help Sanchez's family cover funeral costs.