An 18-year-old Massachusetts girl is now charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly urging her friend to commit suicide.
In the summer of 2014, police say 18-year-old Conrad Roy committed suicide behind a K-Mart in his truck. KTTV says Roy died of carbon monoxide poisoning after the cab filled with fumes.
While authorities were conducting their investigation after the body was found, police found Roy’s cell phone and they began to comb through it. Much to their surprise, they say they discovered texts from 18-year-old Michelle Carter, (pictured above) Murray’s friend (although some news outlets report that they were a couple, the victim’s family claims they were just friends), who was allegedly urging him to go through with the suicide. This was reportedly even though he appeared to have wanted to back out on a number of occasions.
KTTV reports Carter even sent a text that said, “let me know when you’re gonna do it” and “get back in” after Roy had gotten out of his truck. Family members have since spoke out saying Roy could be easily influenced because he was suffering from depression.
A representative from the Bristol County DA released a statement saying, “Instead of attempting to assist him or notify his family or school officials, Ms. Carter is alleged to have strongly influenced his decision to take his own life, encouraged him to commit suicide and guided him in his engagement of activities which led to his death.”
After Roy’s death, My Fox Boston says Carter took to social media to express her grief and even held a fundraiser in Roy’s honor.
As of right now, Carter was released on a $2,500 bond. She’s expected to appear again in court on April 17 for a pre-trial hearing.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any thoughts with suicide, please consider reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
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