Former Boston College student charged with involuntary manslaughter in boyfriend suicide

Former Boston College student, 21, is charged with involuntary manslaughter for ‘sending her boyfriend, 22, hundreds of texts urging him to commit suicide’ before he jumped to his death from parking garage on graduation day

  • Inyoung You, 21, indicted for May 20 death of Alexander Urtula, 22
  • You is currently in South Korea and could face extradition if she refuses to return to Massachusetts voluntarily 
  • Urtula, Boston College senior, was 90 minutes from walking in commencement ceremony when he jumped to his death from a parking garage 
  • Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said You was present in the garage at the time of Urtula’s death  
  • You was described as physically, verbally and psychologically abusive during their 18-month relationship 
  • Investigators found 75,000 text messages exchanged between the pair; in many missives, You allegedly made demands and threatened self-harm
  • Rollins said You urged Urtula to take his own life in hundreds of texts 

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A former Boston College student has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly driving her depressed and suicidal boyfriend to jump to his death from a parking garage, 90 minutes before he was set to receive his diploma. 

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins held a press conference on Monday to announce the indictment of 21-year-old Inyoung You in connection to the death of Alexander Urtula, 22.  

The couple, who had been dating for around 18 months, were both students at Boston College at the time Urtula’s death on May 20. You later dropped out of the university. 

You is currently in South Korea. Rollins said she is cautiously optimistic the woman would voluntarily return to Massachusetts to face the charge against her.

If she fails to do so, prosecutors will seek to have her extradited back to the US. 

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Alexander Urtula, 22 (left), a senior at Boston College, took his own life on graduation day in May 20.

Now, his girlfriend, Inyoung You, 21 (right) has been indicted in his death

Former Boston College student charged with involuntary manslaughter in boyfriend suicide

Urtula, a biology major, jumped to his death from a parking garage 90 minutes before the commencement ceremony  

During the news conference, Rollins said that Urtula’s family, who are from New Jersey, were in town to see him walk in the commencement ceremony at Boston College, where he had been a biology major. 

His LinkedIn profile indicates that Urtula worked as a research assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston since 2017. 

According to an article in the Boston College student newspaper The Heights, Urtula graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in December 2018, but he was planning to take part in the festivities on May 20.  

Former Boston College student charged with involuntary manslaughter in boyfriend suicide

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said prosecutors are prepared to have You extradited from South Korea, where she is currently staying, if she refuses to return to Massachusetts voluntarily 

Instead of accepting his diploma in front of his parents and friends, Urtula headed to the Renaissance parking garage in Roxbury at 8.35am and leaped to his death. 

Rollins said his girlfriend, You, had been tracking his movements through his cellphone that morning and was on the roof of the garage at the time of his suicide. 

‘What appeared to be a self-inflicted, horrific tragedy ended up being much more than that,’ said MBTA Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan, who responded to the scene in Roxbury that morning. 

A search of Urtula’s phone later revealed that You was ‘physically, verbally and psychologically abusive’ during their relationship, according to the district attorney.  

Rollins said the abuse became ‘more powerful and more demeaning’ in the days and hours leading up to Urtula’s death. 

She also said that the victim’s friends and family witnessed the way You had been treating him, and that the abuse was well-documented in tens of thousands of text messages and Urtula’s journal entries.  

According to Rollins, investigators found that Urtula and You had exchanged some 75,000 texts during the two months before the boyfriend’s death, of which 47,000 had been sent by the girlfriend. 

In many of the missives, according to the DA, You made demands and threats of self-harm as a way to manipulate her boyfriend. 

Former Boston College student charged with involuntary manslaughter in boyfriend suicide Former Boston College student charged with involuntary manslaughter in boyfriend suicide

Indictment against You alleges that she knew of Urtula’s depression and ‘overwhelmed his will to live’ 

In hundreds, if not thousands, of messages, You told Urtula to kill himself, Rollins told reporters. 

‘She had complete and total control, both mentally and emotionally,’ said Rollins, adding that You was aware of Urtula’s spiraling depression and suicidal thoughts caused by her abusive conduct, yet she persisted in encouraging him to take his own life.  

The indictment alleges You’s behavior was ‘wanton and reckless,’ and that she overwhelmed her boyfriend’s will to live. 

‘We have a barrage and a complete and utter attack on this man’s very will and consciousness and psyche by an individual,’ Rollins said.

Former Boston College student charged with involuntary manslaughter in boyfriend suicide

You’s indictment comes two years after Michelle Carter (pictured) was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 18-year-old boyfriend

If convicted, You could face up to 20 years in prison. 

You’s indictment comes two years after Michelle Carter, also from Massachusetts, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy III, in July 2014. 

During Carter’s bench trial, a judge found her guilty of causing Roy’s death by encouraging him to get back in his truck filled with carbon monoxide after the troubled teen’s resolve to commit suicide wavered.

Carter, then aged 17, was on the phone with Roy and listened as he inhaled the toxic fumes.  

Carter, 22, is currently serving a 15-month jail term.

Her request for parole was rejected last month.     

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