A series of text messages may shed light on the mysterious death of a 17-year-old Texas high school senior, Jacqueline Gomez, who was found dead in a Houston hotel room the morning after her prom.
The texts, according to the Houston Chronicle, were sent from an account identified as Gomez's date.
Justice Gonzalez, a close friend of Gomez, exchanged texts with the boyfriend about seven hours after Gomez's body was found in the room where they had spent the night following the "Miami Night" prom at Aldine's MacArthur high school.
The boyfriend, whose named has not been released, discovered Gomez dead in bed Saturday about 9:20 a.m. and called 911, according to police.
The results of an autopsy could take several weeks to complete, according to the Harris County Medical Examiner.
Detective Mike Miller, with the Houston Police Department Homicide Division, told KHOU-TV that the boyfriend has been questioned.
"He was there. He knows everything, so we're just continually wanting to find out what happened and everything," said Miller. "We have no reason to believe he contributed to her death."
Gonzalez, Gomez' close friend, told the Chronicle that she sent the boyfriend a text asking what had happened after she noticed he was posting pictures of himself crying on Instagram.
"They said she overdosed," part of his text read, likely referring to law enforcement officials, the newspaper reported.
"I woke up. I tried waking her but she wouldn't," the date texted Gonzalez, adding four frowning faces, according to the Chronicle. "I was screaming and crying telling her to wake up. But she didn't. She didn't." He ended his text with two frowning faces with tears.
Although he had told police the couple had consumed some alcohol, he texted that Gomez had also taken the painkiller hydrocodone, but that he didn't know where she got the prescription drug.
According to the Chronicle, the date told Gonzalez the alcohol and pills weren't taken until they got to the hotel, but Gonzalez told the newspaper that she thought Gomez acted "different" at the prom and was "stuttering, not talking clear. Her eyes were low, like she was dizzy."
Gomez's mother, Juana Barron, said her daughter was underage and "couldn't get that stuff all by herself," KHOU-TV reports.
Barron also said the boyfriend's mother picked the couple up from her home to take them to the prom and afterward had allegedly asked if Gomez could spend the night at their house.
"I said no, bring her back home," said Barron, according to KHOU. "I gave them a couple hours, and I never heard back."