Two suspects have been apprehended for the slaying of Andrea Eleni Nassos, according to a statement by Capt. Jake Smith of the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Nassos, 18, was found dead on the morning of May 20 in the trunk of her car at Lucky Shoals Park on the Tucker-Norcross border. The car had been set on fire and was discovered by a police officer on patrol.
The suspects are identified as Ignacio Mejia, 50, and his son, Boris Mejia, 18, who was located in Houston, Texas, by the Houston Police Department in coordination with the GCPD Homicide Unit. Boris Mejia is described as a friend of Nassos who was known within her circle of friends.
Capt. Smith said in the statement: "The investigation in Houston revealed further probable cause to believe that Boris was responsible for the homicide. It was determined that Nassos was killed in her apartment on LaVista Road in DeKalb County." Previous reports suggested that Nassos was a resident of Stone Mountain.
The statement goes on to say: "The investigation revealed probable cause to believe that Boris had, in fact, killed Andrea Nassos. Boris attempted to bury her at Ignacio’s home. Boris then moved Nassos’ body and her vehicle to Lucky Shoals Park, where he set the vehicle on fire. The investigation revealed that Ignacio drove Boris to Houston after the arson. Ignacio was taken into custody (in Georgia) and charged with tampering with evidence and hindering the apprehension of a criminal."
The Gwinnett County Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are turning the case over to DeKalb County authorities because the homicide actually occurred in DeKalb County. Boris Mejia will be transferred back to Georgia from Texas, and his father remains in custody at the Gwinnett County Detention Center. He was arrested at his home in Tucker after returning from Houston.
Nassos was buried in Charleston, SC, on Wednesday, May 25.