A teenage boy has been ordered held without bail in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old woman who had come to the United States from El Salvador two years ago hoping for a better life.
Jose Hernandez, 16, of East Boston, was arraigned Monday on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of Blanca Lainez. She was killed two weeks before her 19th birthday.
Her body was found June 15 in a garage behind a duplex.
In court Monday, prosecutors said a bloody fingerprint that was later matched to Hernandez was found near Lainez's body.
Family members told The Boston Globe that Lainez arrived in Boston in 2014 after a dangerous trip from her native El Salvador to the Texas border.
Hernandez's attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.