Karyme Barreto-Sabalza was only 17 years-old when she was murdered by her boyfriend, Giovanni Herrin (19) on June 16th, 2018. Karyme and Giovanni met in early 2018 in Federal Way, Washington. They had only been dating for a few months prior to the murder, and Karyme was just days away from graduating high school before her life was tragically taken from her. Giovanni, on the other hand, was unemployed with a lengthy criminal record, including several robbery convictions. In fact, Giovanni had just been released from police custody a week prior to the shooting.
After Karyme’s body was found, Giovanni was quickly identified as a suspect. It did not take police long to locate him and take him into custody. Giovanni denied killing her—he first told investigators that a man named Montae killed Karyme to “get back at him.” Later, he said that his own brother killed Karyme for setting him up in a previous robbery. Prosecutors believe that he acted alone, and they ultimately believe that robbery was the motive behind Giovanni killing his own girlfriend.
Since being arrested, Giovanni has made several attempts to escape from custody. He successfully escaped once, after being taken to the hospital after faking chest pains. Giovanni was captured shortly thereafter and has been behind bars since then. He recently plead not guilty to Karyme’s murder and is currently awaiting further court proceedings.