Mother of Worcester murder victim speaks out days before accused killer’s hearing

Mother of Worcester murder victim speaks out days before accused killer's hearing

WORCESTER, Mass. — The mother of a Worcester man found brutally murdered is making plans to see her son’s alleged killer in court this week. In September her son’s body was discovered badly burned and wrapped in plastic; the victim’s own step-cousin is now charged with murder.

For the first time, that victim’s heartbroken mother spoke with Boston 25 News, speaking about her deep loss and why she wants to go to the court.

“I have been trying to feel good, but it has been difficult to me,” said Monserrate Colon.

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The last five months have been a nightmare for Colon. On September 10, the body of her son, Benjamin Pacheco was found in woods near Worcester’s Granite Street. Pacheco’s body was burned beyond recognition, his remains wrapped in plastic.

“He never told me that he had enemies,” Colon said.

Rafael Guzman is charged with Pacheco’s murder. He will be in court on Friday. The fact that Guzman was Pacheco’s step-cousin breaks Colon’s heart even more.

“When I start[ed] living in this apartment, Rafael, made me a visit here,” Colon said. “I never saw that he was going to do something like this.”

Benjamin’s father, Juan Pacheco, was a Worcester evangelical minister for years and a singer and songwriter. He died about a year before his son’s murder. For Monserrate, there is comfort in knowing the two are together again.

“I am strong because God made me strong,” she said.

Colon said there is no way she will miss Friday’s court hearing, adding that she knows it will be difficult to hear the brutal details, but that she needs to know the truth.