A Massachusetts man is charged with stabbing his wife and the other girl to death at a home on Sunday. Defendant Marcus Chavis, a 34-year old Dorchester resident, supposedly called 911 to report that the deaths of spouse Fatima Yasin, 28, and housemate Jahaira DeAlto, 42, but he maintained he did not know what happened.
“He said that he woke up and his spouse had been bleeding,” explained Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum during an arraignment on Monday, according to the local ABC television station WCVB. “Asked how that happened, he said he didn’t know, but he had the knife.”
The site of the alleged murders was DeAlto’s triple-decker home. She had shot in Chavis, Yasin, and the couple’s two children, ages 7 and 8. The kids, who are believed to have been at the home at the time, are unhurt and also”are currently safe and being cared for,” that the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said.
Prosecutors said officers discovered Chavis in the front of the home, with blood on his clothing. Authorities discovered that the children inside and said Yasin and DeAlto were discovered in separate bedrooms affected stab wounds on the throat. They died from their injuries. Investigators also said they discovered a stabbed puppy in DeAlto’s area. Authorities took the canine into an animal hospital for therapy.
Chavis was denied bond.
Individuals who knew DeAlto recalled her in glowing terms as visionary, and also a dear activist for transgender men and women.
“It is with profound sadness that we share and mourn the lack of Jahaira DeAlto,” Berkshire Pride explained in an announcement on Monday. “Jahaira was a faithful friend, a ferocious urge, and a mom to many. Her unconditional love was felt by all who met her and her kind and humorous soul left its mark over the Berkshires–by the classrooms at Berkshire Community College into the offices of Elizabeth Freeman Center, by helping launch the very first Transgender Day of Remembrance and Berkshire Pride Festival into’being all the items,’ as she liked to say.”
“Her understanding of the significance of human relationships in addition to her lifelong dedication to social justice were obvious in each interaction that she had from the classroom, with faculty and peers, and within her work locally. Her unending warmth, understanding, and tremendous sense of humor, were a present to everyone who knew her.”
“She was simply an excellent neighbor,” neighbor Danny O’Donoghue told WCVB. “When I first moved in, I encouraged her into my cookout and since then, she’d say:’Hello, love! Hey, baby!’ She was merely an excellent neighbor.”
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office shared information or sufferers of domestic violence and crimes against transgender individuals:
The victims of any crime, including domestic violence, should call 911 in an emergency. SafeLink is answered by trained advocates 24 hours a day in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, in addition to TTY at 877-521-2601. Additionally, it has the capacity to supply multilingual translation in over 140 languages.
Support is also available for members of the LGTBQ+ community experiencing domestic or intimate partner violence throughout The Network/La Red by calling 617-742-4911 or 800-832-1901. Transgender people residing in Massachusetts who are in direct need of critical financial aid can apply for assistance from the Transgender Emergency Fund at https://transemergencyfund.org/.
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