MIRAMAR, Fla. (TCD) -- Three teens were arrested over the weekend for allegedly killing a classmate who had sex with a suspect’s ex-girlfriend.
Dwight "DJ" Grant’s body was discovered in the bushes near his apartment complex Oct. 19. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports his mother reported him missing Oct. 17 and he did not show up to school the next day.
A 16-year-old girl, 17-year-old girl, and 17-year-old boy were all arrested and charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and criminal conspiracy.
The male suspect was reportedly upset because Grant had sex with the suspect’s ex-girlfriend. The 17-year-old female is reportedly the male suspect’s current girlfriend and the 16-year-old is her friend, WPLG-TV reports.
According to WPLG, the 16-year-old female suspect reportedly told detectives the male suspect stabbed Grant with a knife in the neck and then used a sword to stab him in the chest.
The arrest warrant reportedly cites text messages between the male suspect and his girlfriend as well as the male suspect and his ex-girlfriend, WPLG reports. He allegedly wrote to his current girlfriend, "Murder will happen soon" and "help me kill him." The suspect also said he believed the attack would be "bloody."
On Oct. 11, the male suspect allegedly texted his ex-girlfriend saying he had "plans for this person," referring to Grant.
The suspect allegedly added, "If he made you happy, get used to him not being here anymore."
According to NBC Miami, the male suspect reportedly reached out to the 16-year-old female because he wanted her help in fighting Grant. The male suspect claimed Grant raped his ex-girlfriend. NBC Miami reports the ex-girlfriend told detectives she and Grant had a consensual relationship.
NBC Miami reports parts of the attack were caught on Grant’s apartment complex’s surveillance footage. Cameras reportedly caught the teens walking into the building, stabbing him in the stairwell, and throwing Grant’s body over a railing. The teens allegedly hoped to start a bonfire to burn their clothing but were prevented from doing so by a security guard.