A father, his son, and his brother were indicted Tuesday in connection with the fatal stabbing of 29-year-old Edwin Santos last November, according to a statement from the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.
Elias Sanchez, 43; his son, Angel Sanchez, 16; and his brother, Gabriel Sanchez, 32, each face first-degree murder charges. They are expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court, according to the district attorney’s statement.
Prosecutors allege that Elias Sanchez started beating Santos on Dorchester Street in South Boston Nov. 17 at about 5 p.m. The other two Sanchez men are accused of joining the assault and stabbing Santos, according to the district attorney’s statement.
Santos collapsed in a market on Dorchester Street and died from blunt force trauma and stab wounds, the district attorney’s office said.
The Sanchezes have each been held without bail in the case.
See the latest statement from the Suffolk County district attorney’s office below:
Father, Son, Uncle Indicted in Fatal South Boston Stabbing
BOSTON, Jan. 28, 2014— Three family members were indicted today for first-degree murder in the fatal beating and stabbing of 29-year-old Edwin Santos in South Boston, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.
A Suffolk County grand jury returned the indictments charging ANGEL SANCHEZ (D.O.B. 5/15/97); his father, ELIAS SANCHEZ (D.O.B. 1/12/70); and Elias’ brother, GABRIEL SANCHEZ (DOB 1/31/81), with first-degree murder for the fatal Nov. 17 attack. The three men are expected to be arraigned on the indictments tomorrow morning in Suffolk Superior Court.
According to prosecutors, Elias Sanchez approached Santos and began to beat him with a club or baton as the victim and a female companion stood outside a Dorchester Street market shortly before 5:00 p.m. Soon, the elder Sanchez’s son, Angel, and brother, Gabriel, joined in the assault and each allegedly stabbed the victim.
The three assailants fled on foot as Santos stumbled into the market and collapsed. He died of multiple blunt trauma and stab wounds.
The grand jury proceedings that led to the indictments were led by Assistant District Attorney Mark Zanini, chief of the DA’s Juvenile Unit. Angel Sanchez is represented by J.W. Carney. Elias Sanchez is represented by Thomas Ford. Gabriel Sanchez is represented by Robert Wheeler.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.