New twist in case of woman accused of pushing boyfriend to suicide

A former Boston College student facing involuntary manslaughter for allegedly encouraging her boyfriend to take his life has released text messages suggesting she tried to intervene.

The Boston Globe reports the text messages show Inyoung You begged Alexander Urtula not to harm himself and that she also alerted Mr Urtula’s brother in the moments before his death.

The Globe obtained the texts from a public relations firm representing the 21-year-old Ms You, who is currently in South Korea.

Suffolk District lawyer Rachael Rollins declined to give a comment to the Associated Press.

Ms Rollins has described Ms You as an abusive partner who exchanged thousands of text messages with Mr Urtula in the two months before his death, including many in which she urged him to kill himself.

Before his death the couple were together for 18 months.

Inyoung You, 21, (right) was 'physically, verbally and psychologically abusive' to fellow Boston College student Alexander Urtula (left) during an 18-month relationship, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said at a news conference. Source: Suffolk District Attorney's Office

The lawyer further told the court that the young couple had exchanged more than 74,000 texts and that Ms You was responsible for more than 47,000 of them. Thousands of those texts had Ms You explicitly telling Mr Urtula to “go die”.

However, the texts recently released by the young woman’s legal team to The Globe revealed that Ms You said “please” more than 100 times as she allegedly tried to talk her boyfriend out of taking his own life.

Mr Urtula died in Boston on May 20, just two hours before he was due to graduate from Boston College.

–– With AP

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