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  • 27 December 2013, 20:05

Decapitated Body Found: Chicago Teen Charged

A teenager has been charged with murder after police found a decapitated body in a Chicago apartment on Christmas Day.

Alexis Valdez, 18, is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of 41-year-oldSylvester Diaz-Hernandez.

The medical examiner's office said Mr Diaz-Hernandez died of "multiple blunt and sharp-force injuries".

Authorities have not said whether the decapitation occurred before or after the victim died.

MrDiaz-Hernandez lived at the apartment on the Northwest Side where his body was found early on Wednesday.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Valdez was taken into custody outside the apartment building without incident and that a knife was recovered.

Investigators have not explained the relationship between Valdez and the victim.

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