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Authorities have identified the murder victim as Benjamin Martinez, 34, of Springfield. A juvenile has been arrested in the case.

Juvenile Arrested for Murder in Adams Death

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ADAMS, Mass. — Authorities have arrested a juvenile for homicide in the death of Benjamin Martinez, 34, of Springfield.
 
Martinez's body was discovered some time Thursday night in an apartment at 1 East Hoosac St.
 
Authorities responded to the address at approximately 9:08 Thursday evening based on a call from an individual finding Martinez's body. Adams Ambulance paramedics confirmed Martinez's death upon arrival.
 
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner preliminarily determined Martinez's death a homicide by gunshot. Law enforcement's investigation established the juvenile as the shooter, according to a statement by the district attorney's office.
 
State police in Springfield arrested the juvenile late Friday evening. The juvenile is facing a first-degree murder charge. Northern Berkshire District Court will perform the arraignment on Monday.
 
"I send my deep condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Martinez for their loss," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said. "I thank the detectives for their meticulous work over the last four days to quickly solve this crime and bring the suspect into custody."
 
The identity of the juvenile is not being released because of the defendant's age.
 
The state police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, Adams Police, North Adams Police, and the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office were involved in the investigation.

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