Chelsea stabbing victim ID’d, man to be charged in her death

Mario Alberto Mira Lopera, 48, will be charged if he survives injuries sustained in the incident, according to the district attorney.

The “estranged” partner of a Chelsea woman is now being charged in her alleged stabbing death, according to authorities.

Mario Alberto Mira Lopera, 48, will be charged with murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the death of Paula Andrea Ortiz Ramirez, 48, provided that he survives the injuries he sustained in the incident. Mira underwent emergency, life-saving surgery; he is in critical condition as of Monday, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office.

Authorities were called to a Stockton Street apartment around 4:21 p.m. on Saturday. There, they found Ortiz “with multiple stab and slash wounds,” officials said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.


Further information on what authorities believe occured will be disclosed if and when Lopera appears in court, according to the DA’s office.

“The evidence indicates that Ms. Ortiz’s life was taken in a violent domestic attack,” Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in a press release. “This is a tragedy as children are now left without a mother and have a father who will be charged with her murder if he survives.

“My heart goes out to these children and this family that is forced to endure tragedy and profound grief during the holiday season,” she said.

Rollins’ office noted in the release that there is a statewide domestic violence hotline, SafeLink, which can be reached 24 hours a day at 877-785-2020 and is provided in a variety of languages.


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