A Chicago teen is charged with killing his aunt’s boyfriend and leaving the victim’s head on his aunt’s bed “as a present” on Christmas day.
Prosecutors said 18-year-old Alexis Valdez, who is charged with first-degree murder, confessed to killing Silvestre Diaz-Hernandez, 41, with a hammer.
Valdez had been living with his aunt and her boyfriend. The couple asked him to move out, when he stopped working and no longer helped them pay the bills.
“The defendant’s behavior caused ongoing tension between the defendant and his aunt and the victim,” Assistant State’s Attorney Kingsley Sawyer said.
Prosecutors told a bond hearing on Thursday afternoon that Valdez struck Diaz-Hernandez several times with the hammer, creating a hole in his skull.
He allegedly put on loud music and covered the windows of his basement apartment. He decapitated the victim, cut of the ears and nose, and gouged out his eyes. He then left the head on his aunt’s bed.
“He wanted to ‘leave his aunt a present,’” Sawyer said.
“If his aunt had come home, and seen the victim’s body, then he would have killed her as well,” Sawyer added.
Police discovered the gruesome scene at 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday.
Valdez called 911 to report a dead body and when the operator asked if he performed CPR, he laughed and said the body had no head.
He also allegedly mutilated the body and cut off the victim’s left arm.
Diaz-Hernandez’s birthday would have been on Sunday.
A judge ordered Valdez held without bail on Friday.