NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The victim that was found stabbed to death in a Northampton apartment has been identified.

The homicide victim found Sunday stabbed to death has been identified as 21-year-old Jana M. Abromowitz, according to a news release sent to 22News from the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Abromowitz was found dead in her kitchen at 11 Hatfield Street in Northampton by her friend Sunday, July 10th.

The victim’s roommate, 24-year-old Devin R. Bryden is being held without bail after pleading not guilty in connection with the murder and larceny of a motor vehicle. He allegedly told police he stabbed his roommate and took her car because he was going to be homeless soon. Bryden is due back in court for a pretrial conference on August 10th.

Investigators are still determining when the stabbing actually occurred. This is the first homicide in Hampshire County this year.

Jana Abromowitz
Jana Abromowitz (Photo courtesy: Jodi Lyn Cutler Outreach Director North Star)

Jana attended North Star in Sunderland, a learning program for teens, beginning at age 14 from 2015 to 2020. According to a post on North Star’s Facebook page, Jana was adopted from Bulgaria and didn’t speak much English.

“Jana was resilient, funny, smart, talented, hard-working, determined, sensitive and kind. She loved to make jokes, but was also deeply serious and caring, and quick to check that her jokes did no harm. She had a personal connection with every person on the North Star staff, and she was supportive to her North Star friends, and to younger teens who needed a boost,” North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens on Facebook.

A gathering is being held at North Star located at 45 Amherst Road in Sunderland on Tuesday from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m.