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Trio charged in gruesome death of trans teen

Three suspects have been arrested in the brutal murder of trans teen Ally Lee Steinfeld.
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Three people have been arrested and charged with the gruesome murder of a Texas County Missouri trans teen Ally Steinfeld

According to social media posts, Steinfeld, 17, may have identified as transgender although no mention can be found on which pronouns the victim preferred to use. For this article, we will use “she” and “her." 

The suspects are Briana Calderas, 24, Isis Schauer, 18, and Andrew Vrba, 18.

Details of the murder are graphic and may be disturbing to some readers.

Vrba told authorities that he stabbed Steinfeld multiple times inside Calderas' home, then removed the victim's eyes and genitals.

The two female suspects then went to Walmart to get materials to dispose of the deceased. The trio then wrapped up the body and took it outside, setting fire to it.

After the body had been burned the group took the bones and placed them into a garbage bag and into a nearby chicken coop.

Upon investigation, and a confession from Schauer, police say Calderas led them to the murder weapon and the victim's cellphone.

Vrba admitted to killing Steinfeld but gave no motive. 

All three of the suspects have been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Steinfeld went missing earlier this month which prompted her family to do a search. According to reports, the murder took place on September 3.