Teen Held Without Bail In Killing Of East Boston El Salvadoran Immigrant

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.


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