A 15-year-old girl in Illinois is accused of killing her mother with a gunshot to the face and then enlisting a friend to help her burn the evidence. Both Anna Schroeder of the town of Morrison and Rachel Helm, 15, of nearby Rock Falls, are now in police custody. Authorities believe that on the night of July 6, Schroeder waited for her mother, Peggy, 53, to return home from work. Anna then shot her mother with a .38 revolver in their living room, reports the Sauk Valley News. Morrison is located 130 miles west of Chicago, not far from the Iowa border.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Anna Wrote a Facebook Tribute to Her Mother Saying: ‘You Were My Best Friend… I Wasn’t Always the Best Daughter’
In a Facebook tribute that Anna posted on her mother’s Facebook page, the teenage suspect wrote:
I don’t even know if you can see me right now but if you can I just want you to know that you were my best friend. I wasn’t always the best daughter and I’m so sorry. I love you so much mom I just want you to know and I’ll never forget you.
2. Police Say it Was Rachel Helm Who Blew the Whistle on the Killing After Being Racked With Guilt
KWQC reports that it was Rachel Helm who blew the whistle on the cover-up. The station says that Rachel told her mother that she and Anna had tried to clean up the blood caused by the shooting and had moved Peggy’s body. Rachel’s mother took her daughter to Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department where she confessed.
3. Anna’s Older Sister Says Peggy Gave Her Children ‘A Second Chance at Life’ After Adopting Them
Anna’s older sister, Kaylene, told WQAD that her mother “gave us a second chance at life.” Kaylene said that she and Anna had been adopted by Peggy.
4. Anna Says, ‘I’m Pretty Nice if You Need Someone to Talk to’
Anna says in her Facebook bio, “I’m pretty nice if you need someone to talk to.” Of the little information that can be gleamed from the page, Anna is shown to be a normal teenager on social media, regularly posting memes and selfies with Snapchat filters.
5. Anna Is Facing Charges of First Degree Murder While Rachel Hasn’t Been Charged With a Crime Yet
Both Anna and Rachel are being held at the Mary Davis Detention Home in Galesburg, Illinois. Anna is facing charges of first-degree murder, concealment of homicidal death and arson. Rachel Helm has not been charged with a crime at the time of writing. They will both appear in court on August 8.