An arrest has been made in the murder of a young woman in East Boston.
Jose Hernandez, 16, of East Providence was taken into custody on Sunday following an arrest warrant on Saturday, the Boston Police Department confirms.
Blanca Lainez, 19, was found in an East Boston garage in June. Construction crews found the teen's body where they store equipment at 54 Princeton Street.
"We worked very hard over the last several weeks to get who's responsible Sunday morning," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said. "Police arrested 16-year-old Jose Alejandro Hernandez on Marion Street, just a couple of blocks away from where Lainez's body was found."
Evans would not comment on a motive or if the two knew each other.
"It's sad that a 16-year-old would commit such an act but that's why we are here so that less violence happens on our street," Evans said. "Together we have to make it happen because police can't do it all."
Hernandez will be arraigned Monday on first degree murder in East Boston Municipal Court.
"This arrest is evidence of our commitment to justice for the victims and survivors of homicide," Evans said. "I want to commend the efforts of my detectives and all those who worked tirelessly during this investigation. I pray that this arrest brings some level of comfort to the family."
The investigation remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to share it with Boston Police homicide detectives at 617-343-4470.