Boy, 17, burns his rapist to death
A 17-year-old boy strangled a family friend with a dog chain before dousing his body with lighter fluid and setting it on fire, he allegedly confessed to police.
Marco Tulio Flores told police in Boston that he murdered 27-year-old Jaime Galdamez as ‘punishment’ because he had sexually abused him throughout his childhood – and he wanted to make sure it didn’t happen to anyone else, police say.
He walked into a police station and turned himself in the day after officers found Galdamez’s charred remains in his illegal basement flat.
The grisly murder happened on May 23. Flores duct-taped Galdamez’s face and wrists, police said, then used a dog chain to strangle him.He soaked the victim’s body in charcoal lighter fluid then stole a flat-screen television and two computers, he told prosecutors.
He returned several hours later, leaned in through a window he’d left open and set the 27-year-old’s body on fire before fleeing, police said.
Two families with six children lived in the rooms above Galdamez, and all were at home when the fire started.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, and no-one was hurt. They found Galdamez’s badly burned body in his bed.
The next morning Flores walked into a police station with his brother and confessed to the murder, the fire and the theft.He claimed Galdamez had sexually abused him for years, and said he killed him as punishment -and to stop anyone else being molested.Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum told the Boston Herald that Flores had never told police or family about the abuse.
Mr Polunbaum said it appeared Flores had planned the killing ‘over days and possibly weeks. This was not a situation in which something just came over him and he snapped.’
James Budreau, Flores’s defence lawyer, said Flores was under a lot of stress and had always been a ‘kind and caring’ person before.
He told 7 News: ‘He’s a young man, 17-years-old, no criminal history at all. The allegations are clearly out of character with who he is.
Flores was arraigned yesterday on charges of first-degree murder and arson.
He was held without bail and will appear in court again on September 13.