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Teen Arrested In Uncle’s Death In East Boston Fire

8-2-2011 Massachusetts:

EAST BOSTON (CBS) – Boston police have made an arrest in a fire and murder in East Boston.

Jaime Flores, a Salvadoran national, was living in a basement apartment of a home on Saratoga Street. He died in a fire there Monday morning. His hands had been tied.

Police arrested his nephew, 17-year-old Marco Tulio Flores of East Boston, Tuesday morning and charged him with homicide.

Commissioner Ed Davis told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that Flores turned himself in to police and confessed.

“We’re still in the process of putting the evidence together. This is very early in the investigation. In a case like this when there’s a homicide within a family, there’s usually a lot going on,” Davis said.

Flores was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on Tuesday. He will return to court June 28. ..Source.. by CBS Boston

Teen claims abuse revenge in slaying

An East Boston teen accused of duct-taping and strangling a family friend before dousing him with lighter fluid and setting him on fire has claimed he was sexually abused by the man for years, officials said.

Marco Tulio Flores, 17, waved his Miranda rights and told homicide detectives that he killed 27-year old Jaime Galdamez in his basement apartment on Saratoga Street because Galdamez had sexually molested him during his childhood, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office.

Flores claimed that on May 23, he duct-taped Galdamez’s face and wrists before using a dog chain to strangle him as punishment for years of sexual abuse and to prevent him molesting anyone else, Flores told detectives, according to Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum.

Flores then took a flat-screen television and two computers before leaving the victim’s body drenched in charcoal lighter fluid, Polumbaum said.

A few hours later, Flores came back and reached in through a window he’d left unlocked and ignited Galdamez’s body, officials said. Two families with six children were at home when the fire was set. Firefighters responding to the fire found the victim’s burned remains.

The next day Flores walked into a Boston police station and stated he was responsible for Galdamez’s death, the thefts and the fire at his building, the district attorney said.

Flores had never reported the sexual abuse to police or anyone else, said Polumbaum, adding evidence showed he had planned the murder “over days and possibly weeks. This was not a situation in which something just came over him and he snapped.”

Flores was arraigned yesterday on charges of first-degree murder and arson of a dwelling. At the prosecutor’s request, he was held without bail and will return to court on Sept. 13.

His lawyer could not be reached for comment. ..Source.. by James Hinton

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