At approximately 13:30 hours on December 25, 2019, Boston EMTs, Boston Police officers, Northeastern Police officers, and MBTA Transit Police officers responded to reports of children being thrown from the roof of the Renaissance Garage at Northeastern University.
Upon first responder’s arrival, they discovered three bodies. There was one woman, 40-year-old Erin Pascal of West Roxbury, and two young children, 4-year-old Allison and 16-month-old Andrew. All three victims were unresponsive and transported to a local hospital by ambulance. They were all tragically pronounced deceased at the hospital due to the severity of their injuries.e
The supervisor on the scene immediately made full notifications. Police and Detectives worked to close off the area and search for evidence and witnesses. Investigators believe that before the incident, the mother and father of the two children were involved in a domestic dispute. Later on, Pascal took the two children, and the father called the police due to his worries of her being suicidal.
Responders were able to find multiple pieces of evidence, including an SUV parked near the Ruggles MBTA rail station. The SUV is believed to be Pascal’s, since it was located close to the initial scene and had three doors open.
“It was awful. There were children’s shoes and the mother’s shoe. There were belongings from the children and the mother strewn upon the street,” Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said describing the scene in an interview with WBUR radio’s “Morning Edition” host Bob Oakes. The impact of the fall was visible from the street, Rollins said.
Due to the severity of the incident, Northeastern University set up patrols near all of the parking garages in the area. The university also closed off access to the upper levels of the Renaissance Garage. Friends and Family of the Pascal family are in deep mourning, and our thoughts are with them at this time.
The Boston Police Department urges anyone who is having suicidal thoughts to call the state suicide hotline at 877-800-HOPE, or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings, help is available.
- Any parent struggling with the emotional hardships of raising a family is encouraged to call the Parent Stress Line at 1-800-632-8188.
- Help is also available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 800-273-TALK (8255); military veterans and their loved ones should press “1” for the Veterans Crisis Line.
- The Trevor Lifeline is available to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and young adults at 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386).
- Samaritans Statewide Hotline 877-870-HOPE(4673).