WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Boston College student Alexander Urtula had jumped from a parking garage hours before their graduation on May 20.
- His girlfriend, Inyoung You, has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter for repeatedly texting Urtula to kill himself in the two months before his death.
- You had allegedly told him that everyone would be better off without him, despite being aware of his depression.
The girlfriend of a Boston College student who died by suicide in May has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Alexander Urtula, 22, had jumped from a parking garage hours before their graduation on May 20.
According to Massachusetts prosecutors, 21-year-old Inyoung You was “physically, verbally and psychologically abusive” toward Urtula during their 18-month-long relationship.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins told reporters that You, who was also a student at Boston College, reportedly tracked Urtula’s location on May 20 and was present during the tragic incident.
You allegedly sent Urtula over 47,000 text messages in the two months before his death — “hundreds” of which told him to “go kill himself” or to “go die.” She allegedly told him that everyone would be better off without him.
You is currently in her native country, South Korea. But DA Rollins said she is “cautiously optimistic” that You will return to the US voluntarily. She added, “If she does not, we will utilize the power we have to get her back.”
The DA’s office announced in a press release that it’s currently coordinating with You’s counsel for an arraignment. On October 18, a grand jury returned an indictment.
Prosecutors said You was abusive and manipulative throughout the relationship. She allegedly “made demands and threats” and exercised “total” mental and emotional “control” of Urtula, despite being aware of his depression.
Rollins said, “We have a barrage of a complete and utter attack on this man’s very will and conscience and psyche by an individual to the tune of 47,000 text messages in the two months leading up.”
According to Rollins, a legislative committee is currently discussing a bill that would make encouragement or assistance of suicide a crime that is punishable of up to five years imprisonment.
Urtula was a biology major while You was an economics student. You was set to graduate in May 2020 but withdrew from her classes in August.
College spokesperson Jack Dunn said in a statement, “Alexander was a gifted student at Boston College, who was involved in many activities, including the Philippine Society of Boston College. We continue to offer our condolences and prayers to Alex’s family.”
A similar case involved Conrad Roy III’s suicide in 2014. His girlfriend, Michelle Carter, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a judge determined that her texts to her boyfriend persuaded him to kill himself.