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Man Allegedly Stabbed Wife and Another Woman to Death, Told 911 He Would Not Know How It Happened

Marcus Chavis

A Massachusetts man is charged with stabbing his wife and another woman to death in a house on Sunday. Defendant Marcus Chavis, a 34-year old Dorchester resident, allegedly called 911 to report the deaths of spouse Fatima Yasin, 28, and housemate Jahaira DeAlto, 42, but he maintained he did not know what happened.
“He said he woke up and his spouse had been bleeding,” explained Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum through an arraignment on Monday, according to the native ABC television station WCVB. “Asked how that happened, he stated he did not know, but he had the knife.”
The site of the alleged murders has been DeAlto’s triple-decker house. She had shot in Chavis, Yasin, and the couple’s two kids, ages 7 and 8. The youngsters, that are said to have been in the residence at the moment, are physically unhurt and”are now secure and being cared for,” the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said.
Prosecutors said officers found Chavis in the front of the house, with blood in his clothing. Authorities found the children inside and said Yasin and DeAlto were found in separate bedrooms affected stab wounds on the throat. They died from their injuries. Researchers said they found a stabbed dog in DeAlto’s area. Authorities took the canine to an animal hospital for therapy.
Chavis was denied bond.
Those who knew DeAlto remembered her in glowing terms as charismatic, and a dear activist for transgender men and women.
“It is with profound sadness that we share and mourn the loss of Jahaira DeAlto,” Berkshire Pride stated in an announcement on Monday. “Jahaira has been a loyal friend, a fierce urge, and a mother to many. Her unconditional love has been felt by everyone who met her and her kind and humorous spirit left its own mark about the Berkshires–from the classrooms in Berkshire Community College to the offices of Elizabeth Freeman Center, from helping launch the very first Transgender Day of Remembrance and Berkshire Pride Festival to’being the items,’ because she liked to say.”
“Jahaira was a pupil who embodied all of our core social work values,” said Associate Professor of Practice Katie Nolan, DeAlto’s social work advisor at Simmons University. “Her comprehension of the value of individual relationships as well as her lifelong commitment to social justice were evident in every interaction that she had in the classroom, with faculty and peers, and in her work in the community. Her unending heat, understanding, and enormous sense of humor, were a gift to everyone who knew her.”
“She was simply a very good neighbor,” neighbor Danny O’Donoghue told WCVB. “When I moved in, I invited her to my cookout and since then, she would say:’Hello, love! Hey, baby!’ She was simply a very good neighbor.”
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office shared information or victims of domestic violence and crimes against transgender people:
The victims of any crime, such as domestic violence, if call 911 in an emergency. SafeLink, a statewide domestic violence hotline, may be accomplished in 877-785-2020. In addition, it has the ability to provide multilingual translation in more than 140 languages.
Help is also available for members of our LGTBQ+ community undergoing domestic or intimate partner violence throughout the Network/La Red by phoning 617-742-4911 or 800-832-1901. Transgender people living in Massachusetts that are in direct need of critical financial aid may apply for help in the Transgender Emergency Fund in
[Screengrab through WCVB]
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