Authorities say that in the last 24 hours the investigation into Amy Lord’s death reached a “tipping point” that allowed them to charge Edwin Alemany — previously labeled a “person of interest” — in the 24-year-old’s kidnapping and murder.
In a press conference Thursday, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said witness statements, surveillance images and forensic evidence led to the charges against the 28-year-old.
“This has been in every way a team effort,” Conley said. “And I want to extend my thanks to each and every member of that team — especially those who stepped forward with the information they had simply because it was the right thing to do.”
Alemany already faces charges related to two separate attacks on women in South Boston within 24 hours of Lord’s murder. His arraignment was delayed after a judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation.
Authorities say on the morning of July 23, Lord was kidnapped outside her Dorchester Street apartment in South Boston and forced to withdraw money from several ATMs. She was then taken to Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park, where she was fatally stabbed. Her body was discovered by a biker that afternoon.
“We are very happy and hopeful as this case proceeds that we can bring justice to the Lord family,” Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said at the press conference.
Conley said he spoke with Lord’s family and they were “relieved to learn of this development.” He went on to describe Lord — a Wilbraham native who graduated from Bentley University and was working as a digital media analyst in the South End — as a “small town girl” who “came to love Boston and called our city her home.”
After Alemany’s arrest last week, it was discovered that a Boston detective failed to follow up on a lead linking Alemany to another attack on a woman in September 2012. Detective Jerome Hall-Brewster has since been demoted to patrolman.
The Boston Globe reports that Alemany has faced 30 criminal charges since he turned 18.
Conley also used the press conference as an opportunity to bring attention to the shooting death Wednesday of 19-year-old Joseph Morante during an apparent robbery of a Roxbury cellphone store where Morante was working.
“His case deserves the same outpouring of public support we received in Amy’s,” Conley said, urging anyone who has information related to the case to contact police.