Houston teens raped, murdered honored at vigil 20 years later
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Friends and family of two Waltrip High School students who were raped and murdered gathered Saturday to honor them on the 20th anniversary of their tragic deaths.
Their murders shocked the city. The tortured bodies of 16-year old Elizabeth Pena and 14-year old Jennifer Ertman were discovered near T.C. Jester Park back in 1993.
The girls were walking home when they confronted a group of gang members. They were raped and murdered near the park as part of a gang initiation.
The crime had a lasting impact on victims' rights. Relatives were given permission to witness executions, and the murder spurred anti-gang initiatives in Houston.
A vigil was held to honor their legacy at T.C. Jester Park by the memorial benches dedicated in their names.
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