Teens charged in brutal death of 15-year-old Houston student

HOUSTON (KHOU)—Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in connection with the death of a teenage girl found inside a southeast Houston apartment.

Homicide detectives found 15-year-old Corriann Cervantes beaten to death and left in a vacant apartment at the Bay Apartments, located in the 16400 block of El Camino Real at about 4:10 a.m.       
The teen had also been sexually assaulted and cult-like objects were found around the apartment and on her body, police said.

Jose E. Reyes, 17, was arrested and charged with capital murder.

A 16-year old boy was also arrested and faces the same charge.

Clear Creek Independent School District officials confirmed the second suspect was arrested at his school, Clear Path Alternative School.

It's the same school Cervantes was attending.   

According to court documents, the girl was murdered on or around Feb.  5, but her body was found days later by another tenant in the complex.

The case left the girl's family grieving, and residents in the area expressed shock.

"It's just out of the ordinary," said Z Barnes, a resident in the complex where the victim was discovered. "I'm just freaked out."

Clear Creek ISD confirmed Cervantes was a sophomore at Clear Path Alternative.  She started classes there in January, after transferring from Clear Lake High School.

"Clear Path is a place where students come to get back on track and our ultimate goal is to provide them the level of support they need," said Elaina Polsen, with Clear Creek ISD.

Officials said Jose E. Reyes was not a student in the district.


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