A Pearland teenager has been formally arrested and charged with the killing of 16-year old Arrijana Hill, back on March 21st.
Hill, who was found brutally murdered in her home in a gated community called the Lakes at Country Place in Pearland, was pregnant with twins at the time of her death and a paternity test revealed that the recently arrested young man was the father.
According to police, the young man, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, was arrested Tuesday at Pasadena Memorial High School. The charges against him were upgraded to capital murder after investigators discovered that Hill was pregnant with his twin babies. Both he and Hill attended Glenda Dawson High School together and established a relationship.
The juvenile suspect was transported to the Brazoria County Juvenile Detention Center. The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office listed the preliminary cause of Hill’s death as manual strangulation and stab wounds.
Jeri Yenne, the Brazoria County District Attorney, declined to comment about a potential motive for the murder or any other details surrounding the case, primarily because the case is in litigation and because the teen is still considered a juvenile because he was 16 at the time the crime.
"It is important to us that this 17-year-old male be held accountable and the family of Arrijana Hill receives justice," said Yenne. "She (Hill) was brutally murdered. We will be moving to certify him to stand trial as an adult."
Hill had been the manager of the girls track team at Dawson and a defensive specialist on the volleyball team during her freshman and sophomore years. She was also a member of the choir and culinary activities at the school. In addition to that, Hill had been a member of Cross Roads Community Church, where she was a part of their youth group and had been a praise dancer.
As always, the Houston Forward Times will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest once the trial begins.