A former journalist’s nonprofit helps survivors of high-profile tragedies


In May 2019, Boston College student Alexander Urtula jumped to his death from a parking garage in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He had been hours away from graduating. His girlfriend, Inyoung You, was present at the time of his death. She had sent text messages to Urtula to try to stop him.

You, a former Boston College student, was charged later that year with involuntary manslaughter in connection with Urtula’s death. Prosecutors said she has been physically, verbally and psychologically abusive toward Urtula, often encouraging him to die by suicide during their 18-month relationship.

As the tragic story spread swiftly across Massachusetts, communications advisor David Guarino got involved with Urtula’s family, pro bono, to help them navigate the press.

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