DA: East Boston Teen Admits Strangling, Burning Man

Published May 24, 2011

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UPDATE 4:50: According to a statement by the Suffolk County DA’s office, Flores turned himself in early this morning. To police, he admitted bounding, strangling and burning the victim.

Flores allegedly told police that he had known the victim for “many years.” The DA still has not released the victim’s name.


UPDATE 2:25: Flores was arraigned and ordered held without bail, according to the Suffolk County DA’s office.


A 17-year-old East Boston teen is expected to be arraigned on a murder charge today in connection with a fire in East Boston, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Boston Police arrested Marco Tulio Flores this morning.

The Boston Fire Department responded to a fire around 8 a.m. yesterday and first tweeted that the one-alarm fire was under control. Then, they reported that there was a dead body at the scene. The victim, an adult male found inside a fire-engulfed basement, is 11th murder victim in Boston this year.

A spokesman for the Suffolk County DA says the office is withholding the name of the victim, but the Globe reports that the man is Jaime Galdamez, a 28-year-old El Salvadorian immigrant who had lived quietly in Boston for almost 10 years.

Living in an illegal basement apartment, working in a downtown restaurant, and sending money back home, Galdamez eked out an existence for nearly a decade, until his life was cut short yesterday.

Galdamez was found in a bed in his basement apartment, according to the Globe. It is unclear if he was dead before the fire was started. Officials plan an autopsy.

We’ll continue to update the story as more details emerge.