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A man and a woman, both 21-year-old parents of young children, have been found dead in a car at the bottom of the Boston Harbor.
The woman’s family suspects foul play.
The bodies of Tatianna Morales and Djovany Pierre were discovered in an SUV under 40 feet of water off the edge of a Boston pier, Massachusetts State Police said in a Friday statement. When divers pulled Morales’s body ashore, authorities found stab wounds, family members have claimed, according to local newspaper The Standard-Times.
“She was murdered. She was not suicidal. …This was no accident,” Yeison Giron, Morales’s high school sweetheart and the father of her 1-year-old son, told Boston outlet WBZ-TV.
Morales and Pierre had met on Facebook through mutual friends, Giron told the station. They’d hung out in person several months prior to being found dead, but last Tuesday was the first time they’d ever been together alone, Nikki Ramos, a longtime friend of Morales, told The Standard-Times.
Morales’s last contact with many of her loved ones was a Snapchat video she apparently took while with Pierre that evening. The clip, which shows Boston’s Black Falcon Pier, ends abruptly with a hand covering the camera, as seen on footage obtained by NBC Boston.
“It wasn’t her hand, you could tell,” Ramos told the Standard-Times.
Morales’s family began to worry when she failed to pick her infant son up from a friend’s house that night, Ramos said.
Pierre was similarly the father of a 9-month-old, although his family declined NBC Boston’s request for comment.
After recognizing the location of Morales’s final Snapchat, friends and family zeroed in on Black Falcon Pier, posting flyers and scouring the area for any sign of her, Boston 25 News reports. It wasn’t until Friday that police received a tip that a car had been seen driving off the edge of the pier on Tuesday evening.
Divers discovered the sunken vehicle that afternoon, but were only able to remove Morales’s body, according to the police statement. Pierre’s body remained trapped inside, so police hooked tow truck cables to the car and winched it out of the water.
Police did not offer any further comment on the condition the bodies were in, but said Friday’s discovery “was a development in a still ongoing investigation.”
Four years ago, Morales’s 15-year-old brother was stabbed to death outside his family’s home, Ramos told the Standard-Times. Two men pleaded guilty to the attack, which was “the continuation of a long-standing ill-will” between them and the victim, according to a newspaper article linked to on Morales’s Facebook page.
“Now it’s the same thing all over again,” Ramos told The Standard-Times.
The cause and manner of the deaths have not yet been determined, a representative from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security told Oxygen.com.
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