Ally Steinfeld, 17, of Houston, Mo., was found dead September 20 near a trailer in Cahool, Mo., having been killed by multiple stab wounds, including to her eyes and genitals. Police said she was likely killed September 3, six days before her birthday. Her family had last heard from her September 1 and reported her missing September 14. Her killers had burned her body to conceal evidence of their crime.
Andrew Vrba, and his girlfriend, Isis Schauer, both 18-year-old Houston residents, are charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and abandonment of a corpse. Briana Calderas, 24, is charged with first-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse. Steinfeld’s remains were found near Calderas's trailer in Cabool. James Grigsby is charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Police said they expect further arrests.
Ashleigh Boswell, Steinfeld's sister, said the teen was "a very loving, outgoing person" who "didn't like conflict whatsoever." Steinfeld had talked to her family about being transgender and wanting to undergo gender-confirmation surgery.
Among the contributors to a GoFundMe campaign to cover Steinfeld's funeral expenses was actress Patricia Arquette, a longtime LGBT ally whose transgender sister, Alexis, died in 2016 of AIDS-related complications. Patricia Arquette wrote this message on the GoFundMe page: “This donation is honor of Ally. Who was brave enough to live her truth in a very ignorant world. I am praying for your family during this heartbreaking time. May you be surrounded by support and love.”