PEARLAND, Texas A Pearland teenager who admitted to beating a fellow student to death went to see a movie after the act, his best friend and roommate Geoffrey Weis said Friday.
Pearland police said Hermilo Moralez killed Josh Wilkerson Tuesday. Weis said that same day they went to see the 3D cartoon Megamind, and didn t see anything different about his friend.
I went to a movie afterwards with him and he didn t act distraught or scared or anything, said Weis. You would never think your best friend would kill somebody until he actually does.
The victim, 18-year-old high school student, Josh Wilkerson, was first reported missing on Tuesday. His body was eventually found beaten, bound, burned and left in the woods.
Police showed up at Weis front door after Wilkerson s truck was found abandoned in a parking lot near Weis house.
They seemed very strict, very hardcore with me, said Weis. They were like, do you know Milo?
Weis claims Moralez, who he calls Milo, told him the story, but it was Weis mother who got Moralez to confess to police.
Moralez faces a list of charges, from murder to tampering with evidence.
Meanwhile, ICE officials on Friday placed a hold on Moralez, who they claim is in the country illegally.
We typically take that to mean that the detainer is in the country illegally, said Lt. Onesimo Lopez of the Pearland Police Department.
Weis said Moralez s family moved to Pearland from Belize. He said Moralez moved in with him after several domestic incidents.
He had some arguments at his house with his parents and they just didn t want him to live there anymore, said Weis.
Weis said his best friend s parents had green cards at one point in time. According to police, Moralez s father moved back to Belize. His mother s whereabouts is unknown.
Moralez was being held in jail Friday without bond. He is also awaiting trial on an unrelated harassment charge.
Wilkerson s funeral arrangements were announced Friday afternoon.
A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 21 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home in Pearland.
The funeral service will take place Monday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. at Sagemont Church.