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Foul play suspected in Revere woman’s death

Police suspect foul play in the death of a Revere woman in her 40s who collapsed on a Chelsea street early Tuesday and later succumbed to her injuries at a Boston hospital.

Chelsea officers found the woman lying on Broadway near Congress Avenue just after 1 a.m., Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office and city police said in a joint statement. Witnesses saw her walking from the direction of Everett Avenue when she fell.

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The woman had suffered serious injuries and later died at Massachusetts General Hospital, the statement said.

Jake Wark, a spokesman for Conley, would not discuss the woman’s injuries, citing a “sensitive period in the investigation.” A Chelsea police spokesman could not be reached for comment. Officials withheld the woman’s name, pending family notification.

The medical examiner had not determined an official cause of death Tuesday, but police were treating the case as a homicide, officials said. Asked if there were any suspects, Wark said only that no charges had been brought.

He said police were investigating whether the woman knew her assailant. It was not immediately clear where she was attacked.

“At this stage, the investigation is quite squarely within Chelsea,” Wark said.

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The city had recorded four homicides this year prior to Tuesday, according to police statistics, and arrests were made in all of them. Chelsea had 11 murders in 2010, none in 2011, and two last year.

In July, Hilda Devincenzo, 88, was strangled and beaten to death inside the three-family home she owned on Washington Avenue. Felix Melendez, her alleged killer and a former tenant in the building, is also accused of stealing her wedding and engagement rings. Melendez pleaded not guilty to the charges in October.

Devincenzo’s slaying followed the double murder in May of Zouaoui Dani-Elkebir, 52, and Karima El-Hakim, 38, both of Everett. They were fatally shot in a taxicab that jumped the curb on Crescent Avenue. Maurice Morrison, 28, of Chelsea, has pleaded not guilty in the shootings.

The city’s first homicide of the year came in March, when Elder A. Morales, 21, was shot on Blossom Street in the chest and back of the head.

The accused triggerman, Manuel Castro, 23, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, identified himself as an 18th Street gang member and told police that Morales belonged to the rival MS-13, a violent gang that sprang up in Los Angeles in the 1980s, according to prosecutors. Castro has pleaded not guilty.

Anyone with information on the Revere woman’s death is aksed to call Chelsea detectives at 617-466-4843. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call a separate department line at 617-466-4880, or text the word CHELSEA and their information to TIP411 [847411].

Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter@TAGlobe.

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