A college-bound football star and son of a prominent Boston musician slashed his ex-girlfriend’s throat and dumped her body in a marsh. Nathaniel Fujita, 18, stood stone-faced in Framingham District Court as prosecutors charged him with murdering Lauren Astley, 18. Hit the jump to read the rest of the story.
A bicyclist discovered the brown-haired, blue-eyed teen’s slain body in a marshy area near Sudbury, west of Boston, on Monday, the Boston Globe reported.
The pretty, popular teen had a “gaping” wound in her neck and a bungee cord wrapped around her neck, prosecutors said.
Fujita was arrested Monday after cops found blood in his family’s garage and kitchen, and gore-stained clothes stashed in a crawlspace in his bedroom, prosecutors said.
Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. said the two had dated for three years before Astley dumped the three-sport star sometime around graduation last month.
“We do believe this to be a case of teen dating violence,” Leone said.
Phone records showed that the two exchanged several phone calls while Astley was working at a local mall on Sunday.
Her co-workers told investigators that she had plans to meet up with Fujita after her shift, WBZ television reported.
The accused killer admitted to cops that Astley had come to his house, but claimed she left shortly afterward.
Fujita has no criminal record.
The handsome teen was headed to play football at Trinity College and had run track and been a body builder at Wayland, the Globe reported.
His father, Tomo Fujita, is an assistant professor at the Berklee College of Music and a well-known blues and funk guitarist.
Astley was headed to Elon University in North Carolina in the fall.
She planned on studying business and had dreams of becoming a fashion designer, her parents said.
Her father told WBZ-TV that he didn’t know of any problems between his daughter and Fujita.
“If I had thought there was anything amiss like that I would have been hot on it. I’m alert to those issues,” Malcom Astley said. “I cry every five to eight minutes, then there’s stability again.”
The two families were close, and Astley once interviewed Tomo Fujita and posted the video on YouTube.
Fujita pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.