AYER - A 24-year-old Ayer man died Friday afternoon after being stabbed by a 26-year-old Ayer woman to whom he is related, and the woman is in police custody pending arraignment on Monday, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.

Emergency crews in Ayer were called to an apartment complex on Groton School Road in Ayer Friday about 1:18 p.m. by a 911 call reporting a stabbing, according to a press release.

Crews arrived to find the man suffering from a stab wound to the torso, according to a press release.

"That man was taken to the Nashoba Valley Medical Center, where he later died from that injury," District Attorney Marian Ryan said during a Friday evening press conference outside the Ayer Police Department. Ryan was accompanied by Ayer Police Chief William Murray and Massachusetts State Police Lt. Paul Bulman.

According to Ryan, preliminary investigation suggests that the victim was apparently in an altercation inside the apartment with the woman with whom he is related.

"During that altercation, the allegation is that the female stabbed that male with a large kitchen knife," Ryan said.

Officials said the woman lives in the apartment where the stabbing occurred.

The woman was arrested at the scene and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury. More serious charges could be filed once an autopsy is complete.

The identities of the victim and the suspect cannot immediately be released since the incident is domestic in nature, according to a press release.


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Over at the Zodiac Village Apartments at 75 Groton School Road, investigators cordoned off a section of the complex with yellow crime scene tape. They brought out shoe covers to wear in the area of a second-floor apartment.

"I'm shocked," Jan Kendall, who was dropping something off for someone at the complex, said. "It's a whole quiet area."

Andrew Davis, who has lived at the complex for about three years, had no idea what allegedly occurred around the corner from his home.

District Attorney Marian Ryan speaks at a press conference outside the Ayer Police Department Friday night. Ayer Police Chief William Murray, left, and
District Attorney Marian Ryan speaks at a press conference outside the Ayer Police Department Friday night. Ayer Police Chief William Murray, left, and State Police Lt. Paul Bulman look on. (SUN / AMARIS CASTILLO)

"It's always been a pretty safe place," the 70-year-old said from the entrance of his first-floor apartment. "I've never seen anything like that."

A short time later, a man wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap showed up to the scene with a concerned look on his face. He didn't want to share his name but said he knew the people who lived in the apartment investigators were looking at.

As he learned more details, the man became increasingly distraught. He peered up at the apartment flooded with officers.

"I know who lives there," he said. "I just don't understand."

The 26-year-old suspect was held on $100,000 cash bail and will be arraigned Monday in Ayer District Court.

Staff writer Robert Mills contributed to this report.