Cops in Massachusetts arrested a 16-year-old boy accused of decapitating a classmate whose disappearance was reported to police in mid-November.
A woman walking her dog along the Merrimack River discovered a body, later identified as missing 16-year-old sophomore Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, along the shore in Lawrence on Thursday afternoon.
The body was in a gruesome state — the arms had been hacked off and the head was found 50 feet away, according to the Eagle Tribune.
Viloria-Paulino’s Lawrence High School classmate, Mathew Borges, was arrested Saturday morning after investigators found evidence linking him to the teenager’s death at his home and along the river.
Mathew visited Viloria-Paulino’s home once before his disappearance on Nov. 18, the Boston Globe reports.
Viloria-Paulio’s family filed a missing person’s report, fearing the worst, but heartbroken relatives said police ignored the case.
“We are poor, we are Hispanic, they considered this a normal runaway case,” the teen’s grandmother, Ivelisse Cornielle, told the Globe. “I told them from day one that it wasn’t.”
Cornielle wonders if her grandson would still be alive had police had been quicker to Viloria’s disappearance seriously.
“It’s my pain,” she wailed at a press conference.
Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said Borges will be arraigned on Monday and charged as an adult.
“This was a horrific, horrific murder,” Blodgett said.
“While it shook the community, we were completely and totally committed in our resolve to bring this to justice.”
SOURCE: NICOLE HENSLEY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS