Murder Victim Identified as Eastie Teenager

By John Lynds

She moved here from El Salvador when she was 14-years-old for a better life but that short life ended in a garage on Princeton Street last week.

Police have identified the remains of the girl found in a garage suffering from traumatic injuries as 19-year-old Blanca Lainez of East Boston.

Lainez was found face down and bloodied by two construction workers doing a rehab project at 54 Princeton St. last Wednesday just before 9 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are still determining the motive for the killing and whether or not it is connected to the recent uptick in gang activity and violence in Eastie since the start of the 2015/2016 school year.

Lainez becomes the fourth teen since September to be killed in Eastie. On September 7, the day before school was to start, the body of Wilson Martinez, 15, of East Boston was found on on the shoreline of Constitution Beach. Two weeks later,  Irvin Depazm, 15, of Chelsea was fatally stabbed on Trenton Street. Then on January 10, Christofer Perez-De la Cruz became the third teenager to be murdered in Eastie after he was shot and stabbed to death near 144 Falcon St.

Joseph Ruggiero of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home has offered its services to the family. According to her obituary, Lainez will be laid to rest in her native El Salvador.

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.

Blanca Lainez of East Boston was found dead last Wednesday on Princeton Street.

Blanca Lainez of East Boston was found dead last Wednesday on Princeton Street.

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