A friend of the Boston College student who jumped on the roof of a parking garage this spring, allegedly driven to suicide by his girlfriend, says he has never shown any signs of emotional turmoil.
A large jury this week accused Inyoung You, 21, on charges of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly encouraging her 18-month-old friend, Alexander Urtula, to take 22 of his own life on May 20, just hours before he was scheduled to to run in Boston College & # 39; s start ceremony for his family.
Urtula & # 39; s girlfriend Anara Chiongbian, a current Boston College student with a major in economics and international studies, told The Boston Globe via email that the senior was a sincere leader who was known for his sense of humor and the & # 39; life of the party & # 39; was on campus.
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Inyoung You, 21, was & # 39; physically, verbally and psychologically insulting & # 39; for fellow Boston College student Alexander Urtula during an 18-month relationship, Suffolk prosecutor Rachael Rollins said at a press conference. Both are pictured above
Chiongbian told the newspaper that she met Urtula through the Philippine Society at Boston College, of which he was the president.
& # 39; Alex held regular meetings and parties during his dormitory for us, & # 39; she said, adding that the main class man & # 39; friendly & # 39; and even helped her choose lessons.
Suffolk prosecutor Rachael Rollins said during a press conference on Monday that you are physically, verbally and psychologically offensive. was opposite Urtula, sending him hundreds and possibly thousands of text messages calling for & # 39; to commit suicide & # 39; or & # 39; to die & # 39 ;.
Urutla & # 39; s study friend Anara Chiongbian, a fellow student from Boston College, described him as & # 39; friendly & # 39; and said he never showed signs of distress and the & # 39; life of the party & # 39; used to be
According to Chiongbian, Urtula & # 39; never revealed any struggle & # 39; during his interactions with her.
& # 39; He always advocated perseverance through adversity and (a) & # 39; working hard, playing hard & # 39; mentality that was pretty inspiring, & # 39; the friend remembered.
You quit Boston College after Urtula's death and you currently reside in her native South Korea, where she could undergo extradition if she refused to return voluntarily to the US.
The 21-year-old reportedly told the investigators that she rushed to a parking garage in Roxbury on the morning of May 20 and tried to prevent Urtula from committing suicide.
You had used her phone to follow Urtula to the garage and were present when he jumped, prosecutors have said.
On the day of his death, Urtula's parents, immigrants from the Philippines, were on campus for his graduation, and he contacted them that morning to inform them that he was planning to injure himself, the law enforcement officials said.
It is unclear whether an extradition request has been submitted for you and the Justice Department said it does not comment on individual requests, including whether they exist.
Matthew Brelis, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office, declined to comment on the possible extradition of You during a phone call with DailyMail.com Thursday.
When asked if the agency plans to make text messages from U to Urtula public, he said & # 39; more information will be released at the preliminary & # 39 ;, which is yet to be planned.
Legal experts say that the novelty of the legal theory behind the prosecution can present challenges if you try to combat extradition.
America's extradition treaty with South Korea contains a clause stipulating that the charge must apply to a crime recognized in both countries.
& # 39; South Korea could claim that South Korean legislation did not recognize the method of participation in crime, in fact this is a fairly unorthodox method of participation & # 39 ;, John Cerone, guest professor of international law to the Fletcher School at Tufts University, told the Boston Herald.
The state of Massachusetts has successfully prosecuted Michelle Carter for involuntary manslaughter for using text messages and phone calls to encourage her friend, Conrad Roy, to kill herself in 2014.
However, there are few or no other precedents in the US and it is unclear whether such a case has been prosecuted in South Korea.
Prosecutors in Boston say you had & # 39; full and total control & # 39; about her boyfriend before he took his own life.
Rollins said she sent the 22-year-old – originally from Cedar Grove, New Jersey – more than 47,000 text messages in the last two months of their relationship, including many who urged him to commit suicide.
& # 39; You also followed Urtula and were in the neighborhood when he died in Boston on May 20, the day he graduated from Boston College, & # 39; she said in court.
Attorney Rachael Rollins acknowledged agreements between the case of U and the case of Carter, but said there were also significant differences, such as the complete control you had over Urtula
The case was compared to that of Michelle Carter, the Massachusetts woman, who was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter for using text messages and phone calls to encourage her friend, Conrad Roy kill themselves in 2014
Rollins acknowledged similarities between the case of You and Carter, but said there were also significant differences, such as the complete control that You had over Urtula.
& # 39; Many of the messages show the power dynamics of the relationship, in which Mrs. U made demands and threats with the understanding that she had complete and total control over Mr. Urtula both mentally and emotionally, & # 39; Rollins said.
You isolated Urtula from friends and family and were aware of the depression and suicidal thoughts that were caused by her abuse, the public prosecutor said.
Prosecutors are negotiating with U's counsel to have her return voluntarily to the US, but if she doesn't, Rollins said, she will initiate extradition.
Representatives who could speak for you could not be found immediately. A Rollins spokesperson said he could not disclose the name of you 's counsel.
Urtula was a biology major who had completed his course work and worked as a researcher at a New York hospital at the time of his death, Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said in a mailed statement. He was also active in the Philippine Society of Boston College, an organization of Filipino American students.
You studied economics at Boston College and were scheduled to graduate in May, but withdrew in August, Dunn said.
Carter's lawyers maintained her texts were constitutionally protected freedom of expression. Her conviction was confirmed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, but has appealed to the US Supreme Court, which has not yet decided whether it will take the case.
For confidential support, call the National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255
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