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Convicted rapist killed woman, then himself in Theater District hotel, police say


Boston Police report that around 12:20 p.m. on Feb. 26, Keith Ashby, 43, of Boston, fatally shot and killed Aanya Vinay, 25, of Brookline, then killed himself, in a room on the 13th floor of the Moxy Hotel on Tremont Street.

A hotel employee found their bodies.

In 2007, Ashby pleaded guilty to beating and repeatedly raping his ex-girlfriend after he refused to move out of her apartment and she went their to retrieve her belongings in 2006, the Herald reported at the time. He was sentenced to 15 years in state prison, where at one point he petitioned a federal judge to order prison officials to switch his meals from halal to kosher after he converted to "messianic" Judaism.

Vinay is Boston's second murder victim in 2024.

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On the plus side and not meaning to make light of the situation, Boston had a nearly two-month long stretch (1/1-2/26) without a murder this year.

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Adam's been keeping track of murders since 2013, although I think his numbers and the official city numbers might be a bit off.

Last year there were two calendar months without a murder (June and August, with 7 in between in July) which is the first time that's happened once. There was a 40-day period between murders last year in the city, the longest since 2013, but this was 55 days. The number of firearm incidents is down considerably so far this year, too (these stats don't include this incident yet).

But according to some people Boston is a crime-ridden hellhole best to be avoided at all costs.

[Actually, people from across the country rated Boston and Dallas as the safest big cities. They're right, about Boston. Dallas had 246 murders in 2023, 19 per 100,000 (and 5 this year by January 4, although now they're slightly below last year). Boston's rate of murder was 5.6 per 100,000, over the last 10 years, only one neighborhood (Mattapan) had a higher murder rate than Dallas as a whole did in 2023.]

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