By Cecilia Meddock
Former Boston College junior Inyoung You has been officially charged with manslaughter after the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office revealed a history of “physical, verbal, and emotional abuse” following the suicide death of Alexander Urtula.
You, 21, who left the college in August, is currently living in South Korea, but the District Attorney is “cautiously optimistic” that she will turn herself in.
Urtula, 22, jumped from the top level of a parking garage two hours before he was scheduled to walk at graduation. Prosecutors say You was present at the time of the incident, after tracking his location on her phone.
This case reignited a conversation about coercive suicide, especially in Massachusetts, where this is the second case of this nature in the last five years, after Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Fairhaven following the suicide death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy.
In the two months before his death, Urtula and You exchanged over 47,000 texts, “hundreds” of which were You telling Urtula to kill himself.
There is currently a bill in front of a Massachusetts legislative committee seeking to make coercive suicide punishable by up to five years in prison.