A Suffolk County grand jury has indicted now former Boston College student Inyoung You on charges she repeatedly texted her boyfriend and fellow BC student Alexander Urtula to kill himself - and then watched as he jumped to his death from the top of Northeastern University's Renaissance Garage on the morning of May 20, 90 minutes before he was due to participate in graduation ceremonies at BC - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
You, now back in her native South Korea, was formally charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, the DA's office says.
According to the DA's office, You had barraged Urtula with text messages, many abusive, throughout a "tumultuous" 18-month relationship.
In the two months prior to his May 20 death, the couple exchanged more than 75,000 text messages, of which Ms. You sent more than 47,000. Many of the messages display the power dynamic of the relationship, wherein Ms. You made demands and threats with the understanding that she had complete and total control over Mr. Urtula both mentally and emotionally. Her texts included repeated admonitions for Mr. Urtula to “go kill himself” to “go die” and that she, his family, and the world would be better off without him.
The investigation revealed Ms. You used manipulative attempts and threats of self-harm to control Mr. Urtula and isolate him from friends and family. It also found that Ms. You was aware of his spiraling depression and suicidal thoughts brought on by her abuse. Even still, she continued to encourage Mr. Urtula to take his own life.
According to the DA's office:
On the morning of May 20, Ms. You was tracking Mr. Urtula’s location and went to the Renaissance garage and was present when he jumped.
The garage is located off Tremont Street and Melnea Cass Boulevard, near the Ruggles T stop.