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Latino Daily News

Tuesday February 21, 2012

17-Year Old Dies in Argentina After Boyfriend Sets Her on Fire

17-Year Old Dies in Argentina After Boyfriend Sets Her on Fire

Photo: Domestic Violence in Wilde Argentina

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A 17-year-old Argentine woman set on fire by her boyfriend died after agonizing for six days in a hospital with burns over 75 percent of her body, authorities said Tuesday.

Maira Torchelli died of “multiple organ failure,” the Buenos Aires provincial government said.

She had been admitted in a critical state a week ago to San Martin Hospital in La Plata, 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the Argentine capital.

Her death intensifies the criminal case against her boyfriend, Juan Franco, 23, in police custody since the day of the crime and whom prosecutors will now undoubtedly charge with aggravated homicide, which carries a possible sentence of life in prison.

The incident occurred in the town of Wilde, when neighbors of the couple heard a fierce argument and later saw Torchelli being consumed by flames.

She managed to tell them that she had poured alcohol over herself but it was her boyfriend who set her on fire with a lighter.