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Four Men Convicted in Harvard Sq. Slaying

April 21, 2005

BOSTON (AP) _ Four men were found guilty of murder Thursday in the 2001 gang-related stabbing and beating death of a 21-year-old homeless woman who hung around Harvard Square.

A jury took less than a day to convict Harold Parker, 31, Scott Davenport, 31, Ismael Vasquez, 27, and his 23-year-old brother, Luis.

All face life in prison.

The Vasquez brothers and Parker led a fledging gang that Io Nachtwey had been recruited to join. Davenport, a heroin addict, was with the men that night.

Witnesses said the men drove Nachtwey to a bridge above the Charles River, where she was held down, stabbed a dozen times and cracked in the head with nunchucks to quiet her. The men then rolled her body into the river.

The murder was meant to send a message to a rebellious faction within the gang, prosecutors said. A witness said Nachtwey was chosen in part because her boyfriend had led a revolt in the gang.

Parker and the Vasquez brothers were also convicted of kidnapping Nachtwey. Luis Vasquez was convicted of raping her.

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