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An 18-year-old high school dance champion was shot dead by her ex-boyfriend, who then ran into the woods and killed himself, police have revealed.
Clarissa Riojas was murdered by Louis Nickerson, 19, in front of her 16-year-old sister on Wednesday at her San Antonio home.
Authorities said Nickerson tried to shoot the lock on the door before kicking it open and fatally shooting Riojas in the head.
He then ran into a wooded area and took his own life.
Clarissa Riojas (left) was murdered by her ex-boyfriend Louis Nickerson, 19, (right) at her San Antonio home. Nickerson then ran into a wooded area and took his own life
Riojas' sister called 911 as Nickerson fled the house and San Antonio police used helicopters and a canine unit to try and find the teen, according to KENS5.
Soon after, his body was discovered in a nearby wooded area with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Riojas and Nickerson were both students at Highlands High School and had dated for about a year and a half.
They seemed like the picture perfect high school couple. Riojas was on the school's Brigade Dance Team, winning the Grand National Championship two years in a row.
Authorities said Nickerson tried to shoot the lock on the door before kicking it open and fatally shooting Riojas in the head in front of her 16-year-old sister
She was set to perform in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and had plans to attend the University of the Incarnate Word in the fall.
Nickerson had moved to San Antonio from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and played on the school's football and basketball teams.
But many friends of the couple said they had a 'toxic' relationship and some claimed that Riojas had been both physically and emotionally abused by Nickerson.
'She was always telling me how he was abusive,' Arden Coy, 19, told the Houston Chronicle.
'But she felt bad for him, so she tried to help him.'
Coy said Nickerson was jealous of his friendship with Riojas, and once even slashed his tires.
Riojas sister called 911 as Nickerson fled the house (pictured) and told officers her ex-boyfriend was responsible for the shooting
Pictured is the apartment where Nickerson kicked down the door to get to Riojas
Riojas would often have to block her friend on social media so that Nickerson couldn't find out that they were communicating.
'I told her all the time. You're just barely about to graduate high school. You don't need to be worried about this. You can always find someone else,' Coy recalled.
The last time Coy spoke to Riojas, she told him she was ending things with Nickerson once and for all.
She broke up with Nickerson a week before she was murdered and had stopped returning his calls, according to police.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus called the teens' deaths a 'very, very, seriously tragic incident'.
'I'm the father of an 18-year-old myself, and I know the whole dating routine,' he said.
'The lesson learned the hard way is if you're a parent with a daughter who's dating, make sure you pay attention to the status of that relationship once it's over.'
A crisis team was sent to the teens' high school to help students who are 'trying to cope with the news of these deaths', according to district spokeswoman Leslie Price.
'What happened is tragic,' she added. 'Our thoughts are with the family and friends of these students.'