- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A man charged with killing a 21-year-old woman in a Massachusetts rooming house was held without bail Wednesday pending a hearing to determine whether he is a danger to society.

Djarflo Irving, 37, of Worcester, was charged with manslaughter and other offenses in connection with the death early Tuesday morning of Suheill Ortiz, Worcester police said.

A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf at his arraignment.

Ortiz was found by police in the Worcester apartment building just after 1 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the chest. She was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

The shooting took place in a 14-room brick apartment building that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to The Telegram & Gazette.



Family members told the newspaper that Ortiz, the mother of a 1-year-old daughter, was at a small gathering of friends and heard that the suspect took out a gun to show people when it went off.

Irving’s attorney did not comment.

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