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Alvaro Larrama is charged in the death of 23-year-old Daniel Martinez. He appeared in court Monday and was ordered held without bail.
Martinez’s family said he was in Boston with one of his Marine brothers. He served four years with the U.S. Marine Corps and just completed his service in September after achieving the rank of sergeant.
Apolonia Martinez said her son was enjoying life, traveling and catching up with friends, at the time of his death.
“This is the last shirt he wore before his trip,” his mother said. “And I’ve been wearing it because it still has his cologne and it just, it gives me comfort. And his car, it’s sitting in my garage. I just, everything’s the way he left it. It’s really hard.”
Prosecutors say surveillance video shows Martinez trying to enter the Sons of Boston pub near the city’s famous Faneuil Hall with a friend Saturday night. When he was denied entrance by the bouncer, they exchanged words and then Martinez walked away, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said they bouncer then chased after Martinez and attacked him. He was taken to a hospital where he died from a stab wound to the chest.
“I finally let my guard down a little bit now that he was back, and it was a sigh of relief for me,” she said. “I’m like, OK, he’s home. My boy is home. Now I can just exhale, and then for this to happen, it doesn’t make sense.”
According to court documents, prosecutors say that after Larrama stabbed Martinez, he went back into the bar’s kitchen where video shows he washed his hands, discarded his sweatshirt and knit cap, and turned his t-shirt inside out before fleeing the scene from a back door.
“This is a heartbreaking case for everybody. It’s a heartbreaking case for the city,” said Kevin Hayden, Suffolk County, Mass., District Attorney.
Martinez was born and raised in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, went to high school in Northwest Indiana where his mother is, lived in Palo Hills with his father and was helping out with the family business, working at his family’s funeral home in Chicago.
His wake will be held at that same funeral home, his family said.
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