• Vigil, peace walk honors 19-year-old killed in East Boston


    EAST BOSTON - Dozens gathered to honor a 19-year-old girl and walk through this neighborhood to call for an end to violence in East Boston.

    Blanca Lainez's  family, friends and community members met in front of the unoccupied Princeton Street home that's under construction, where the teen was found dead in a rear garage.

    After a short vigil including a prayer and song, the group walked a few streets away, holding signs saying teen life matters.

    A construction crew found Lainez's body about a week and a half ago, bloodied and beaten. Since then, there have been no arrests and police have been seeking information about her death.

    Lainez was a native of El Salvador and friends said she came here for a better life, joining her siblings and leaving her parents in her home country.  She had attended East Boston high and most recently lived in Chelsea with friends.

    Last week, FOX25 spoke to the woman who helped organize Sunday's vigil and peace walk.

    "To me it's horrifying to imagine that something like this could happen to my child or a friend of my children," said Sandra Nijjar, vigil organizer.

    Family is raising money to travel back to El Salvador and attend to Lainez's funeral.

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