The family of a slain Dorchester woman described her as someone who was contagiously happy and "always dancing," in a statement read at the court hearing in which her killer was sentenced to life in prison.
Luz Forty, 38, was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, Mario Gonzalez, 31, on Feb. 15, 2009, after a Valentine's Day dinner, prosecutors said. Gonzalez today was ordered by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Geraldine Hines to serve the mandatory sentence for his first-degree murder conviction, life without parole.
"Even when there was no music on, Luz would find a reason to dance," Forty's family said in a victim impact statement read by a prosecutor. "She was always dancing."
"She was the type of person that, even though she was having a bad day, she would always make sure that you were having a good day. She could always make the family laugh," the statement said, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office. Forty's sister also gave a statement to the court.
Prosecutors say that Gonzalez stabbed Forty 11 times in the back, chest, shoulder, and hands. The attack happened after the two returned at about 1 a.m. to the apartment they shared after a Valentine's Day dinner at a Dorchester bar.
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