HOUSTON, TX – Police have arrested two teens, 17-year-old Jose Reyes and a 16-year-old classmate, in connection to the abduction, rape and murder of 15-year-old Corriann Cervantes.
Corriann Cervantes was last seen on Wednesday, but her body wasn’t found until early Saturday morning after someone went to investigate an open door at a vacant apartment. Houston police say the girl had been violently raped and then had her head bashed in with a toilet tank lid and an ashtray.
Even more disturbing is the fact that there was evidence of occult activity in the apartment and around the girl’s half-naked body. According to investigators, an upside-down cross had been carved into Cervantes’ stomach, and religious items had been placed around her body.
Reyes was arrested on Sunday after confessing to his part in the crime to a family member. He told police that he his 16-year-old friend both knew Cervantes from the alternative school they all attended. He said that they took the girl to the abandoned apartment where they both raped her before beating her to death when she tried to leave.
According to police, Reyes said the motive behind the crime was so the 16-year-old “could sell his soul to the devil.”
Reyes is looking at a charge of capital murder, and has been ordered held in jail without bail. The 16-year-old was arrested on Monday at school, then referred to the Harris County Juvenile Probation Authority on a charge of capitol murder.
Reyes seems to be taking everything in stride, even smiling for the cameras while in court on Monday.