Suspect in East Boston murder to be returned from Texas for trial

A man captured in Texas last month will return on Friday to Boston, where he will become the second person charged with murdering a 16-year-old boy whose body was found in the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation in East Boston in December.

Jorge Melgar Fuentes, 19, was arrested in Houston last month and has been in custody since then, awaiting his return to Massachusetts and an arraignment on a charge of murder in East Boston Municipal Court. The arraignment is set for Monday.

Fuentes is the second person charged with participating in the stabbing of Carlos Villatoro-Nunez, who had been living in Boston for just six months when he was killed and his body left in the East Boston reservation, where it lay unnoticed for about month.


The teenager’s body was found Dec.9, 2016, and State Police detectives used witness statements, cell phone records, and physical evidence to link Villatoro-Nunez to gang violence that beset East Boston and Chelsea last year.

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Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office, which is prosecuting the case, does not consider the teenager’s death to be a random crime.

“Police and prosecutors worked patiently, methodically, and professionally over many months to reach this point,” Conley said in a statement. “But this is not the end of the case. That day will come only when we speak for a 16-year-old murder victim in a Suffolk County courtroom.”

Moris Javier Landaverde, 21, of East Boston is also charged with murdering the teenager. He has pleaded not guilty and is currently being held without bail while awaiting trial.

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