Monday, May 20, 2024

Authorities are investigating a suspicious death in Cambridge this afternoon, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas said Sunday.

EMS personnel responded early this afternoon to 77 Elm St., near the Cambridgeport elementary school between Broadway and Hampshire Street, for a medical call, they said. A man found inside was taken to Cambridge Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.

Gylene Verna, 29, of Cambridge, has been charged with domestic assault and battery in connection with the incident.

This appears to be an isolated familial domestic incident, the officials said.

Police and detectives were still on the scene as of 7 p.m., a neighbor said, but were giving out no additional information. The neighbor said he wasn’t familiar with the residents of the apartment police were visiting.

Update: The Cambridge Chronicle went to court and hit the streets to get the story, finding Verna held without bail Monday in connection with the death of her father, 62-year-old Guy Verna. She called in a report he’d fallen, the Chronicle says, but then told police she’d “grabbed a hold of her dad’s neck and ‘squeezed hard’ for a ‘bit.’” Neighbors described her as a disturbed woman who showed signs of “psychosis” and told them the devil was after her.

The initial post took significant amounts of material from a press release.