HOUSTON, Missouri- The early September murder of an Ozarks transgender teen is drawing national attention.
National publication USA Today on Thursday reprinted the story by Jackie Rehwald of the Springfield News-Leader about the murder of Joey Steinfeld, who went by the name Ally.
Briana Calderas, 24, and Isis Schauer, 18, admitted to authorities that they helped burn Steinfeld’s body after Andrew Vrba, 18, gouged out the victim’s eyes and repeatedly stabbed the teen multiple times in the genitals, this according to court records. Documents allege they then bragged about the slaying on social media. Vrba said he had first tried to poison Steinfeld.
The gruesome crime was committed in a mobile home on Malberg Road in southern Texas County and Calderas, Shaue, and Vrba are charged with with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse.
A fourth subject, James Thomas Gribsby, 25, of Thayer, was also charged in connection to the crime with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Steinfeld had been missing for two weeks. The Houston Herald says Facebook messages between Schauer and Vrba gave officers a break in the teen’s death, which apparently occurred Sept. 3rd just six days before Steinfeld’s 18th birthday.
Authorities do not believe this was a hate crime. Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. and Sheriff James Sigman say the fact that the teen was transgender didn’t motivate the homicide. No possible motive was provided however.
An investigation continues.