The LGBT newspaper of record in Texas, the Dallas Voice is now reporting that a young teenager was bludgeoned and burned to death in a possible hate crime.
Joshua Wilkerson, 18, was missing for 24 hours from his school in Pearland, Texas, when a man who was helping with the hunt told authorities he beat the victim to death and burned his body after the victim made sexual advances toward him.
Authorities now say that Joshua Wilkerson, 18, was beaten with a large wooden rod and that his body was burned. Hermilio Moralez, 19, is charged with murder in Wilkerson’s death. That is what Channel 13 in Houston reported Thursday.
According to court documents, Wilkerson gave Moralez a ride home from school Tuesday and Moralez stated that Wilkerson began to make sexual advances towards him. Moralez said they got out of the truck and began to fight when Wilkerson grabbed a large wooden rod and tried to hit him. Moralez said he took the piece of wood from Wilkerson and began to hit him with it. He said Wilkerson was not moving afterwards.
The court documents state that Moralez told police he drove Wilkerson to a field along FM 521 near 518 and burned the body. Morales said he then drove Wilkerson’s pickup truck to the parking lot of a nearby strip center and threw Wilkerson’s shoes and backpack into a dumpster there.