DJ Seasunz Charged in the Murder of 18-Year-Old Jaclyn Torrealba

Well-known Miami DJ Juan Carlos Portieles, known professionally as DJ Seasunz, turned himself in to police yesterday after driving around with the dead body of his 18-year-old girlfriend, Jaclyn Torrealba. The 30-year-old Portieles is charged with second-degree murder. Read the arrest affidavit here


Police say the couple became involved in a "heated verbal altercation" on the side of the road in Southwest Miami-Dade. Portieles began to punch and bite Torrealba, according to the police report. She attempted to fight back, but Portieles choked her until she stopped moving. Police found scratches on his face and torso, as well as a swollen hand.

Portieles then placed the body in the front passenger seat of his car and drove to several friends' homes to tell them what he had done.


By 7 p.m. Sunday, Portieles had turned himself in at the Miami-Dade Police station in Doral. There he led officers to a body in a gray Toyota Camry. 

He also told police he had been involved with Torrealba for two years, meaning they would have begun the relationship when she was 16. 

That Portieles had a girlfriend 12 years his junior comes as little surprise, say various acquaintances from the club scene. As DJ Seasunz, he was known for promoting and playing often to a younger crowd. His MySpace page (which lists his full name as "Seasunz Manson") devotes an entire section of flyers to all-ages parties. The most recent flyer in that section promotes a headlining slot at a series of all-ages nights at Flavour in Coconut Grove.


Some facts remain confusing: Public records show, for instance, that Portieles drives a black Toyota Corolla. What we do know for sure, however, is that he lists an address on Taylor Street in Hollywood and has a history of three arrests, one for assault and burglary, and two for drugs.

Before police released information, the news began creeping into the public eye when popular Miami DJ Danny Daze Tweeted news of the murder this morning. Other acquaintances of the victim weighed in on popular social networking websites (screen caps below).

Acquaintances say Torrealba was last seen at Club Space around 2 a.m. Sunday. Through Facebook and Twitter, they began pleading for information on her whereabouts several hours later.


Portieles is a well-known DJ in downtown Miami. A regular DJ at Space, he also spun at Karu & Y, the Electric Pickle, Nocturnal, and the Bang and Ultra music festivals. He had opened for acts such as the Crystal Method and Armin van Buuren, and was on the bill for this week's now-canceled Tiësto gig in Fort Lauderdale. 

Meanwhile, fans of his Facebook page are leaving some choice words in wall posts. CBS News has obtained a tearful Facebook message from the victim's father. 

-- Francisco Alvarado, Dominic Sirianni, and Kyle Munzenrieder


DJ Seasunz Charged in the Murder of 18-Year-Old Jaclyn Torrealba



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