PEARLAND, TX – Joshua Wilkerson, 18, was reported missing on Tuesday after no one had heard from him since leaving school earlier that day. Later that evening, his parents would find his truck abandoned at a strip mall and police would take in a classmate, 19-year-old Hermilo Moralez, loitering near the area and acting suspicious. A massive search began on Wednesday morning, searchers later being directed to a field by Moralez, where they would find Wilkerson’s partially burned body. Moralez confessed to the killing, telling them he and Wilkerson, whom he had known for five years, got into a fight after Wilkerson allegedly made sexual advances towards him. The fight ended with Moralez beating the teen to death with a wooden rod.
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