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Man, 71, Charged With Murder in Connection With Roxbury Woman's Death

Alan Washington, of Roxbury, was ordered held without bail Wednesday at Roxbury District Court

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A 71-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood Tuesday night, police say.

Alan Washington, of Roxbury, who is charged with murder, was ordered held without bail Wednesday at Roxbury District Court. That after police found his 58-year-old girlfriend, Tanya Malone, suffering from apparent traumatic injuries in the area of 1990 Columbus Avenue Tuesday evening before she eventually died.

Police, who responded to a call around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Malone was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two officers could be seen standing just inside the building's doorway late Tuesday night, where signage read 'Doris Bunte Apartments.'

A Massachusetts man was ordered held without bail Wednesday in the death of a woman Tuesday in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood.

Washington did not enter a plea at his arraignment.

According to court documents, Washington told police he got into a fight with Malone after she allegedly took his cocaine.

Washington told police he tried to strangle Malone and then grabbed a piece of wood and hit her in the head, according to the court documents. He then went to a neighbor and said, "I think I killed my girlfriend."

When officers arrived to the residence, Washington was sitting in the apartment near Malone. Police said they were both covered in blood.

When paramedics arrived, Malone was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The Boston Housing Authority development was renamed in 2018; it was formerly called Walnut Park Apartments.

Police are still investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.

Authorities are urging anyone in need of emotional support or who needs to talk to someone about distressing events in the community, to call the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team 24/7 at 617-431-0125 or by visiting

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