Three Florida students confessed to killing their classmate using a machete. They also admitted to plotting the murder together.
The three students admitted to planning an elaborate murder scheme for their classmate Jose Amaya Guardado, who was 17 years old. They lured the teen into the woods, then cut him with a machete and forced him into a grave where he was left to die.
It turned out his classmates planned the whole thing two weeks in advanced. They dug his grave and even hid the machete in a bush. They lured him into the woods and attacked him with a machete, causing him some massive injuries. As he was dying, they made him get into the grave. They buried the victim and his belongings and then got rid of the machete and their clothes. They also cleaned the blood that could be considered evidence.
Guardado was reported missing on June 28. His brother soon found him buried near the school.
The Miami police arrested three suspects: 18 year old Jonathan Lucas, 19 year old Christian Colon and 20 year old Alberto Kaheem. When they confessed to the murder, it turned out that there was a fourth classmate involved, named Desiray Strickland, aged 19. She was also charged for her alleged role in the murder.
Strickland didn’t confess to the murder and she was violent towards the officers.
According to the reports, Strickland complained about missing part of the action when she was on a bathroom break and the other students started cutting Guardado with the machete. The reports also indicate that, after everyone left Strickland remained in the woods in order to engage in sexual activities with Kaheem, who is believed to have been the leader of the group.
The four students who were arrested are currently located in Miami-Dade jails, while awaiting the trial. It is also believed that another student was also involved in the murder and police officials say they are expecting to arrest this suspect in a few days.
The suspects and the victim were all studying at Homestead Job Corps, which is a live-in school under the Department of Labour. The school has a vocational training program created in order to help students get their high school diploma and learn skills that are useful for future jobs.
Stephen Barr, spokesman of the Department of Labour, says Homestead Job Corps officials have already implemented some steps in order to strengthen security. Moreover, they have already started reviewing safety measures at all of its centres.
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