Massachusetts Teen Indicted for Allegedly Murdering, Cutting Off Friend’s Head After Smoking Pot

Associated Press
Associated Press
Lawrence, MA

Authorities have indicted an Essex County teen for the grisly murder and dismemberment of a classmate after the two had smoked pot together in a patch of woods, police charge.

On Monday, sixteen-year-old Matthew Borges was indicted by a grand jury and charged with first-degree murder, the Associated press reported.

Borges allegedly confessed to police that he murdered 16-year-old Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, whose body was found last November in a patch of woods by a woman walking her dog near a river in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a town just north of Boston.

Viloria-Paulino was found with his head and arms cut off. His body was in such poor condition and had so many grievous wounds that it took 11 hours to complete the autopsy.

The boys knew each other from Lawrence High School, but at this point, the investigation findings suggest they were only casual friends. Borges has still not given police a motive for the attack. During questioning, Borges allegedly told officers that “he and Viloria-Paulino had gone to the river on Nov. 18 to smoke pot and later parted ways.”

Witnesses told police that Borges was heard saying he had “done something bad,” that he killed a kid, and “cut his head off.”

Viloria-Paulino was a bright and well-liked student, whom many said always had a smile and a pleasant thing to say to those around him. On the other hand, Borges was described as prone to fighting and angry.

The accused killer is expected to be arraigned on March 31.

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