The passing of a fellow alumni has left a void in the hearts of those who participated in Beyond Scared Straight.
Ashley Tropez, a star of a hit A&E series, has died at the age of 24.
According to a news release from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department that E! News acquired, on August 26, deputies from the Victorville Police Department responded to a report of a dead corpse inside an abandoned California residence. When the sheriff’s deputies came, they discovered Tropez inside the house suffering from what they called “traumatic injuries.”
When the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division-Homicide Detail learned about Tropez, they began their investigation. A 24-year-old man is currently in police custody after being identified as the prime suspect. Tropez “may have been squatting” at the property with the suspect, according to the investigation.
Tropez made her reality show debut on Beyond Scared Straight when she was just 17 years old. A&E claims that this Emmy-nominated series follows youths who have been sent to various programmes in an effort to keep them out of jail. Beyond Scared Straight is a documentary series that began in 2009 and has since profiled 331 juvenile detainees in 29 different facilities.
Tropez claimed in her episode that she was admitted to the facility because she “fought and sold cannabis.”
The Sun reports that a year later, Tropez said that her experience on the show had no effect on her opinions. “I’m still the same guy,” Tropez reportedly told the media. “I’ve been popping in and out of people’s homes left and right. Nothing more to do.”