Massachusetts’s law enforcement found the lifeless body of a 16-years old child on the banks of the Merrimack River. The officers were alerted by a woman who discovered the body while walking her dog in that area.
According to the investigators, the scene of the crime was horrific – the child’s hands have been cut off, and he was decapitated. The officers found the boy’s severed head 50 feet away from his body.
Upon further investigations, the law enforcement officers discovered that the body belonged to 16-years old Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, a sophomore from Lawrence High School. According to the police’s statements, the boy was declared missing by his family back in November.
The gruesome discovery was made on Thursday afternoon. At the scene of the crime, the law enforcement officers found evidence which pointed out to a possible suspect. These clues led them to another sophomore from Lawrence High School called Mathew Borges.
After obtaining a home search warrant, investigators went to the boy’s home. The investigators said that both boys attended the same classes and that Borges visited Viloria-Paulino at least on one occasion.
Examining Borges’s house, investigator uncovered evidence that incriminates the boy. Borges was taken into custody and will be trialed as an adult for first-degree murder.
At the moment, the details of this gruesome crime and how the decapitated body ended up on the banks of the Merrimack River are still vague. Investigators did not release any statements regarding the evidence found in Borges’s home or why the boy murdered his classmate.
Furthermore, there also another aspect that police officers must take into account. When contacted by the press, Viloria-Paulino’s grandmother said that even though the family filed a missing person report in November, the authorities ignored the case.
In addition, the woman declared that the reason why the police chose to ignore the report is that the boy was of Hispanic descent and that he probably run away from home. The senior woman added that if the authorities took the missing person report more seriously, her grandson might be alive today.
As for Borges, a judge arraigned him, and he will be judged as an adult for first-degree murder. Daniel Riviera, the Mayor of the city in which the horrendous crime took place, declared that he would do everything in his power to bring the matter to justice.
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