Proms are often touted as magical nights that signify the end of high school and the start of adulthood. Of course, if you’ve ever seen horror movies like Carrie, Prom Night, or The Loved Ones, you know that proms can be downright nightmarish.
Sadly, these nightmares aren’t just relegated to the movie screen. Sometimes, they happen in real life.
10 Eddie M. Herrera
On May 10, 2014, 17-year-old Jacqueline Gomez and her date, 18-year-old Eddie Herrera, attended their prom at a hotel in Houston, Texas. After the prom, the couple went to a hotel room where they drank whiskey and took hydrocodone pills before engaging in what Herrera said was consensual rough sex.
While having sex, Herrera admitted that he strangled Gomez, whom he had been dating for three weeks. But he said that she was alive when he went to sleep. The next morning, he woke up and found Gomez dead.
He called his mother, who had gotten them the hotel room, the alcohol, and the pills. She arrived and dressed Gomez. Then she called the front desk, asking if there was a hospital doctor. Since there wasn’t, the hotel staff called 911. Personnel from the fire department arrived on-site and pronounced the girl dead.
After an extensive investigation, Herrera was arrested on January 15, 2015, and charged with aggravated assault. Herrera’s mother, Melissa Ann Martinez, was arrested one month later and charged with buying Herrera and Gomez alcohol. As of early 2016, both are awaiting trial.