Trimble Tech High School students mourned the death of a classmate Saturday night, a little over 24 hours after she was fatally stabbed in what police described as a domestic disturbance.
Jocelyn Saucedo, 17, was active in Junior ROTC, her friends said at the candlelight vigil on the school baseball field.
“It’s not going to be the same going to class without her,” junior Jennifer Rosario said. “She was such a beautiful person inside and out. I don’t believe Trimble can be strong without her.”
Police arrested Luis E. Torres, 20, in connection with Saucedo’s death, which occurred at the intersection of Bryan Avenue and East Cantey Street, said officer Daniel Segura, a police spokesman. According to social media sites, the pair may have been romantically involved.
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“The suspect was observed leaning over victim and was immediately placed into handcuffs,” Segura said in an email.
Saucedo was transported by MedStar ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital, where she later died, he said.
Torres remained in the Mansfield Jail on a murder charge. Bail was set at $250,000, according to the jail website.
Principal E. Omar Ramos said the candlelight vigil and fundraiser for Saucedo’s family was student-driven.
“I am proud that my students came together to make this happen,” he said.
Saucedo’s family sat in the middle of the crowd of students, surrounded by candles and pink balloons.
Yvette Castro, a 1996 Trimble Tech graduate, said a prayer and asked the students to put aside their differences with one another in Saucedo’s honor.
“We lost a princess,” Castro said. “If you have issues with someone, drop it and let it go. We’re all family. We’re all Bulldogs.”