UPDATE: Juvenile Suspect Arrested in Death Investigation in the Area of 54 Princeton Street in East Boston

At about 8:51 AM on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for a person down in the area of 54 Princeton Street.  On arrival, officers located a female victim, later identified as 18-year-old Blanca Lainez of East Boston, inside of a garage suffering from stab wounds and blunt force injuries.  The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At about 7:00 AM this morning, Sunday July 10, 2016, homicide detectives and members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit placed Jose Alejandro Hernandez, 16, of East Boston in custody without incident in the area of 63 Marion Street.  The suspect is expected to be arraigned on a murder charge tomorrow in East Boston Municipal Court.

Commissioner William Evans stated, “This arrest is evidence of our commitment to justice for the victims and survivors of homicide.  I want to commend the efforts of my detectives and all those who worked tirelessly during this investigation.  I pray that this arrest brings some level of comfort to the family.”

District Attorney Daniel Conley praised the work of investigators involved in this case but appealed to the public for their continued assistance moving forward, "This arrest reflects a nonstop investigation into a crime of brutal violence.  But that investigation is still very active, and we urge anyone with additional information to share it with police and prosecutors. Every tip, however small, brings us closer to finding justice for Blanca and her loved ones."

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).  The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.