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Juvenile arrested in killing of Lawrence teen found decapitated, according to district attorney

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at Lawrence High School after it was announced that it was the body of missing student Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, 16, had been found along the banks of the Merrimack River. JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

A juvenile has been arrested in connection with the death of a Lawrence teenager, whose decapitated body was discovered Thursday along the banks of the Merrimack river, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

Lee Manuel Vilonia-Paulino, 16, had been missing since Nov. 18, according to officials and his family. His body and his head were discovered by a dog walker Thursday and identified Friday. Officials have given no information about motive in the killing of the popular 10th-grader described by friends and family as a good-hearted boy with a talent for poetry and singing who had never been in trouble.

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