BEHEADING in Lawrence Massachusetts

A 16 year old in Lawrence, Mass has been arrested and charged with murder.

decapMathew Borges has been charged with the death of 16 year old Lee Manuel Victoria-Paulino. Essex District Attorney, Jonathan Blodgett said Borges was arrested Saturday afternoon. His home had been searched by police before the arrest.

Victoria-Paulino’s body was found decapitated by a woman walking her dog by the Merrimack riverbank. Police recovered the head a short distance away. The boy had been missing for about two weeks and had last been seen at his grandmother’s house in Lawrence on November 18th.

decap-2Paulino’s grandmother, Ivelisse Corniel, praised her grandson as being an excellent child. Friends and family held a vigil on Friday night, in the aftermath of the tragedy.decap-4

Both boys attended Lawrence High School.

The Lawrence community was shaken said Mayor Dan Rivera and Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said an investigation is ongoing.

Rivera said during a news conference on Friday “There are people who want answers” and added “this is not a random act.”

I believe there are many who want answers when someone is decapitated. This is a heinous way to murder a boy. No indication was given as to terrorism being involved but a beheading is never a normal killing, in my opinion. People want answers.

Borges will be charged as an adult for first degree murder and will be arraigned on Monday says Blodgett.


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