David Burgos, 16, charged with murdering youth services worker

Teen alleged to have assaulted James Hillman at the residence where he lived

DAVID BURGOS, a 16-year-old from Springfield, has been charged with murdering youth services worker James Hillman.

Hillman, 60, also of Springfield, was an employee of the Center for Human Development who worked at a secure residence for juvenile offenders overseen by the Department of Youth Services. Burgos was living in the home when he allegedly assaulted Hillman. Hillman died several weeks later.

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About Shira Schoenberg

Shira Schoenberg is a reporter at CommonWealth magazine. Shira previously worked for more than seven years at the Springfield Republican/MassLive.com where she covered state politics and elections, covering topics as diverse as the launch of the legal marijuana industry, problems with the state's foster care system and the elections of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Gov. Charlie Baker. Shira won the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2018 award for Excellence in Legal Journalism and has had several stories win awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Shira covered the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary for the Boston Globe. Before that, she worked for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, where she wrote about state government, City Hall and Barack Obama's 2008 New Hampshire primary campaign. Shira holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Law enforcement have not provided any details of the attack, but people familiar with the incident said Burgos choked Hillman.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni on Thursday identified Burgos as the assailant and said he has been charged with murder. At an initial court appearance in Springfield District Court, Burgos was ordered held without bail. He is due back in court on September 24.

Gulluni’s office said there is an ongoing homicide investigation being conducted by the Massachusetts State Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, and the Hampden District Attorney’s Office’s murder and juvenile units.