More than 100 people gathered Monday night to remember a young mother who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend inside an apartment on White Street.
Police say they found 20-year-old Alexis Avery dead in the home she shared with 23-year-old Blake Scanlon, the father of her young daughter, on Sunday. Scanlon pled not guilty to her murder in Westfield District Court on Monday.
It’s a crime neighbors are still trying to make sense of.
“Ambulances and police cars started arriving and running next door, and I thought it was just a routine ambulance call, I didn’t think anything of it,” Linda Strniste, a neighbor told 22News. “Got back, and they were there all day until midnight last night. Even after that.”
According to the complaint filed in Westfield District Court, Scanlon called 911 on Sunday, saying he was bleeding out, and allegedly told dispatchers he had killed his girlfriend. When police arrived, they saw Avery stabbed to death, and Scanlon suffering from what appeared to be self-inflicted slash wounds.
Strniste, who lives right next to the home Scanlon and Avery allegedly shared, told 22News she was shocked.
“I’ve lived here for decades, and there’s never been anything,” Strniste said.
According to the court documents, there had been at least one previous restraining order naming Scanlon. Scanlon’s being held without bail until a hearing February 11.
This marks the second alleged domestic violence homicide in western Massachusetts just this month.
A couple died in a suspected murder-suicide in Northampton January 3.