Woman, 2 Children Found Dead Next to Northeastern University Garage

The deaths have prompted Northeastern University to increase security at the parking facility.

Woman, 2 Children Found Dead Next to Northeastern University Garage

Updated December 27, 2019

A woman and two children were found unconscious on the sidewalk next to a parking garage at Northeastern University in Boston on Christmas day. They were then taken to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The three victims have been identified as 40-year-old Erin Pascal and her two children, Andrew, 16 months, and Allison, 4.

Officials are now investigating the tragedy as a likely double-murder and suicide, reports CBS Boston.  Sources told the television station that Pascal appears to have had a domestic dispute with the children’s father. She took the children from their home, and the father called authorities, saying Pascal appeared to be suicidal.

The deaths have prompted Northeastern University to increase security at the parking facility. Pedestrian and vehicle access to the top two floors of the garage will be restricted. Additionally, security officers will monitor the facility 24 hours per day, reports WHDH.

“The restricted access will continue until a permanent solution is implemented,” the university said in a statement, reports KIRO.

The parking garage where the Christmas deaths occurred is the same location where a Boston College student jumped to his death earlier this year. The victim’s girlfriend has been indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional information.

If you or someone you know might be in an abusive relationship, call the Love is Respect helpline at 866-331-9474, text loveis to 22522 or visit loveisrespect.org for additional information.

About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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