It’s hard to say which of the many nightmarish aspects of this crime is the most dehumanizing and disturbing. Candidates for that dubious distinction include the fact that the murder was premeditated — 15-year-old Gregory Logan Ramos awakened his sleeping mother hours after they argued about his poor grades and strangled her.
Another is that he was able to enlist the aid of two friends to help him make the family home look like the scene of a break-in.
According to NBC affiliate WBLT, it didn’t take long for police to get to the bottom of the case and elicit a confession from Ramos.
“As the investigation began, it became quite apparent that this was not an act of random violence, that in fact the 15-year-old probably had killed his mother,” [Volusia County, Fla.] Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
Investigators said Ramos used a wheelbarrow to load the body of 46-year-old Gail Cleavenger into her van and drive her to the River City Church where he buried her under a fire pit.
The morning after the murder, Logan went to school and returned home early. It was then that he phone police, claiming there had been a home invasion.
“And then made his, in his own words, a Grammy-winning phone call to 911 to talk about this horrible incident that didn’t really occur,” Chitwood explained.
Investigators say the trio removed computers, a PlayStation 4, a rifle and other items that were later discovered dumped in another part of DeBary, FL.
The father was on a business trip in Seattle, WA, during the incident. Deputies were at the airport waiting to take the him to the police station to explain what happened.
The two peers who helped Logan, Dylan Ceglarek and Brian Porras, both 17, are in custody and facing criminal charges.