Florida police have arrested three teenagers and accused them of murdering a renowned MMA fighter, as reported by PalmBeachPost.
Summer Church, 16, Roberto Ortiz, 18, and Jace Swinton, 18, have all been charged with first-degree murder in the July 3 death of Aaron Rajman, 25.
Investigators allege that Swinton and Ortiz entered Rajman’s home and shot the occupant during a home invasion. Church, authorities allege, called ahead to ensure that the MMA fighter was home, as police allege that the trio intended to murder Rajman and that the incident wasn’t just a burglary gone wrong.
The 16-year-old girl was allegedly a friend of the deceased and used that connection to help the Ortiz and Swinton gain access into his home.
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Judith Church, Summer’s mother, told reporters that her daughter was a victim and that the two males forced her to call Rajman at gunpoint. She also alleges that her daughter was not even at the scene of the crime, having been allowed out of the car prior to arriving at the crime site.
Judith also noted that her daughter has been fully cooperative with police.
“She worked with them and gave them as much information as possible,” she said. “She wasn’t there. To charge her with first-degree murder doesn’t make sense.”
Boca Raton attorneys will not rest until the case behind Rajman’s murder is successfully prosecuted.
“This was no random act of violence,” Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said in a statement. “Mr. Rajman was targeted by these defendants, and we intend to seek justice for the victim and his family.”
Emily Imber, Rajman’s former girlfriend, told PalmBeachPost that she is relieved that the three suspects have been apprehended.
“We’re really happy,” she said. “I hope they get all of them. This has been devastating.”
In addition to murder, the trio face charges two counts of home invasion with a firearm or other deadly weapon.
Rajman’s family has set up a GoFundMe in order to help raise money for his funeral service.
[Featured Image: Boca Raton Police Department]