Karen Perez was a 15-year-old girl from Houston, Texas. In 2016, she had just recently celebrated her Quinceañera and had ambitions to one day work in a care home or an animal shelter. She was known to be extremely compassionate and caring and excelled in school. “Her words were as soft as rose petals; she wouldn’t harm a fly,”recalled her friend, while her friend described her as “always smiling and laughing.”1
On the 27th of May, 2016, Karen vanished. When she failed to return home, her parents reported missing and a search party was assembled. At the forefront of the search for Karen was her 15-year-old boyfriend, Jesus Campos Jr. After three days of unfruitful search, as Jesus and his father were driving around searching for Karen, Jesus calmly stated: “Just take me home because she is not alive…” His father drove him to Houston Police and asked him to admit to what he knew about Karen’s disappearance. Jesus, however, denied any knowledge of his girlfriend’s disappearance. He did mention that he had seen her the day before she vanished at a taqueria.2
Shortly thereafter, another teenager contacted Texas EquuSearch and said that the day Karen disappeared, he had been with Karen and Jesus at the taqueria along with two other teenagers. He said that after leaving the taqueria, they had gone to an abandoned apartment in the 1600 block of Avenue M, just across the road from South Houston High School. The teenager said that he and the other two teenagers had left to go back to school, leaving Karen and Jesus alone in the abandoned apartment.
After receiving the tip from the teenager, police embarked on the abandoned apartment. Inside, they discovered the lifeless body of Karen. She had been strangled and then stuffed into a cabinet underneath the sink. Police immediately zoned in on Jesus as a suspect in the murder of his girlfriend. They obtained a search warrant for his mobile phone and what they found would disturb even the most seasoned homicide detectives.
On Jesus’ mobile phone, they found images and a video recording of Karen being sexually assaulted and murdered by Jesus. In the video, Karen can be heard crying and begging Jesus not to sexually assault her and kill her: “I don’t want to, I told you I don’t want to,” she can be heard exclaiming. As Jesus begins to strangle Karen, she can be heard saying through gasping breaths: “I don’t want to die, Jesus.”
Investigators would also find text messages between Karen and Jesus in which he ordered her to skip school with him on the day that she disappeared and meet him at a nearby tennis court. When she said she couldn’t skip school, Jesus told her that he would kill her if she did not comply. Investigators would also discover that Jesus had taken photographs of Karen after he had killed her. One reply from one of the friends who received the photograph of Karen disturbingly read: “Bros before hoes.” There were at least two friends who knew that Jesus had killed Karen but failed to contact police.
CCTV footage would capture Jesus and Karen leaving the taqueria just moments before they went to the abandoned apartment where she would ultimately lose her life. Chillingly, they were walking hand in hand as they left the taqueria.3 An employee of the taqueria would identify Jesus as being there that afternoon with Karen and said that shortly after they all left, he returned on his own and asked to use the phone to ask his mother to come and pick him up.
Jesus would admit to the murder of Karen but failed to reveal a motivation. When asked if he had murdered Karen, he replied: “Yes, I did. That’s all I’m saying.”4
On the 6th of November, 2018, Jesus Campos Jr. was found guilty of the murder of Karen Perez and sentenced to life in prison. After the sentence was handed down, Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Meriwether said in a statement: “I’ve tried several capital murder cases, but the recording of Karen being raped, and pleading for her life before she was so viciously murdered, will stay with me for the rest of my life…”5
- ABC – 24 KVUE, 31 May, 2016 – “Juvenile Arrested for 15-Year-Old Girl’s Death”
- CBS 11 KHOU, 7 November, 2018 – “Teen Convicted of Girlfriend’s Murder”
- Daily Star, 8 November, 2018 – “Sick Monster Who Filmed Himself Raping and Murdering Girlfriend Caged for Life”
- The Houston Chronicle, 1 June, 2016 – “Cell Phone Audio Captured Sexual Assault, Death of Missing Girl”
- Houston Chronicle, 7 November, 2018 – “Life Sentence for Houston Teenager Who Recorded Himself”
My god. What a horrendous story.
Sounds like he wanted sex there and then, but she wasn’t ready. An argument ensued and he killed her. Bastard.
He obv planned on it . The sinister bastard needs to be charged with premeditated murder and rape .
He planned to kill her and record it that day. It was carefully planned. Rape and murder. No remorse.
Evil Monster he controlled and manipulated the poor young girl into believing everything was fine before killing her . Hang his sorry ass .
Now that I can indeed agree on , ladyy !!
I am pro-death penalty so don’t get me wrong. Sometimes though, I think it would be great if a creep like this had to sit in a cell for the next 40 to 50 years. A fate worse than death? The look on this guy’s face though, makes me want to give him the needle myself.
This is really horrible. My daughter is 15 so this is very scary. I hope that she never gets involved with a monster like this. Domestic violence is happening younger and younger because kids aren’t socializing like they used to so they don’t have feelings.
And dumbo guys wanna complain about toxic masculinity being a topic of discussion . . .
This story would be the perfect example right here . “Bros before ho’s” in response to a murdered, raped girl’s image . . . ?
TOXIC MASCULINITY .
Hang them by their little dicks . The friend’s too . They knew wht was about to occur & evn talked about it afterwards like it was literally nothing . 👍🏻
Poor girl. Her parents never informed her of one of the several inevitable realities of life like being raped or murdered. Especially her being more vulnerable due to her being a woman. It’s quite sad when, mothers especially, will spread their legs and go on to have several children yet fail to prepare them for the inevitable realities of life that await them like abuse, manipulation, torture be it physical or otherwise and of course, murder. At least she was simply strangled. Not that bad of a way to go when you look at all the other ways people have… Read more »
You are a sick and deeply disturbed fucking person. Seek help. And stay far the fuck away from women. POS.
Are you completely out of your mind?
Or, you’re just an incel POS.
So … You’re saying this happened because her mother didn’t prepare her for it? Wtf??
“Inevitable” reality of being raped or murdered? Wtf. There’s nothing inevitable about it. Sounds like you’re full of the same toxic entitlement that her murderer was.
I walk by the bandos at one point everyday didn’t even kno the whole sikk story to feel the evil in that place there making them into new apts now smh
Same thing I was thinking cause I live too close to that area
I remember this , extremely sad n horrible thing to happen to a baby girl , my kid goes to south Houston high , i live in the neighborhood as well , I can’t ever pass thru there again , you can feel the ugly energy coming from that apt complex , an now that they tore it down they are attempting to make another complex there 😞
They didn’t tear it down they just cleaned and painted over it with minor renovations to make the same apartment habitable. It’s still going to be the same place where a young lady got murdered. And so many kids would skip in there all the time.
I knew karen- she rode my bus.. we were both freshman.. that school was horrible filled with toxic young men and women.. I felt so bad hearing the news. I knew where she lived, and how happy she always looked- i still remember her laughs which is weird because I would only see her in passing periods but she always looked genuinely happy. Her boyfriend never deserved her, she was meant for better and he knew that. What this article doesn’t know they had to go through the walls of the abandoned apartments in the complex because the policed failed… Read more »
This makes me so sad because at the time I was living in the apartments across from that taqueria. What a shame.
it’s crazy to me that if it weren’t for that random guy who remembered seeing Karen at that apartment, she probably never would’ve been found. Jesus sent photos of her dead body to his friends who did nothing about it. thank god for that guy, he indirectly got her home to her family.