Friday, December 21, 2001

Rape charged in death
of isle woman

Associated Press

BOSTON >> One of the six people indicted on first-degree murder and kidnapping charges yesterday in the stabbing and beating death last month of a homeless woman from Hawaii, was also charged with rape after new evidence surfaced.

The suspects are charged with stabbing and beating Io Nachtwey, 22, a former Maui resident who hung out in Harvard Square.

Nachtwey was stabbed up to 15 times in the head and chest on Nov. 3 on a railroad bridge that spans the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge, prosecutors said. Her body was thrown into the river.

She was killed after her friends refused to steal goods for the suspects as part of a gang initiation, prosecutors said.

Luis D. Vasquez, 19, of Lawrence, was indicted by a Suffolk Superior Court grand jury of first-degree murder, aggravated rape and kidnapping. Prosecutors added the rape charge after evidence showed that Nachtwey had been sexually assaulted.

Ismael Vasquez, 23, of Lawrence; Harold Parker, 27, of Boston; Scott Davenport, 27, of Cambridge; Lauren Alleyne, 18, of Malden; and Ana White, 18, of Milton, were also indicted on first-degree murder and kidnapping. The female suspects allegedly held Nachtwey down while the men stabbed and beat her.

The suspects, all in custody, are to be arraigned on Jan. 4.

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