Toxic mix: South Boston death was caused by cocaine and meth, medical examiner’s office says



An accidental drug overdose killed the transgender person who died at a South Boston apartment complex where four children were removed in June, the state medical examiner’s office said.

The cause of death was determined to be “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of cocaine and methamphetamine,” a spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told the Herald on Monday.

The manner of death is listed as an accident.

A city death certificate identifies the victim as Giovanni Murray, a 26-year-old man described in a Boston Police Department report as a “male to female transgender” person.

The Suffolk District Attorney’s office is “conducting a standard death investigation” of what the medical examiner ruled to be a drug overdose, “as well as a fact-finding inquiry into other issues present in the incident,” a spokesperson for the DA Kevin Hayden told the Herald.

The spokesperson declined to say what those “other issues” pertain to.

The June 17 death at 381 Old Colony Ave., otherwise known as the Mary Ellen McCormack public housing complex, drew conflicting reports from the Boston Police and Fire Departments.

Both, however, filed 51A child abuse or neglect reports with the Department of Children and Families.

What was agreed upon was that the Boston Fire Department and EMS both responded first to a report of an unconscious person at the apartment.

The fire department reported at the time that the person had gone into cardiac arrest from an apparent drug overdose, a matter that police appeared to dispute in a statement it made days after the incident occurred.



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