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Boston woman charged with fatally stabbing boyfriend

December 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston woman facing a murder charge for allegedly fatally stabbing her boyfriend told authorities that she acted in self-defense.

Valerie Cirilo-Perez was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge.

Police say the 25-year-old woman called police to her apartment in Dorchester at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police found 28-year-old Anthony Sinclair on the floor with stab wounds to the chest. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cirilo-Perez told police that Sinclair had attacked her and she stabbed him in self-defense. Her court-appointed attorney did not comment.

Kamal Parker, Cirilo-Perez’s mentor at College Bound Dorchester, said she was taking college classes and had “turned her life around,” describing her as the program’s “star student.”

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