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Indian American Teenager Found Dead in Basement

18 yr old Cynthia Ferrao and her 20 yr old male companinon found dead in basement

Cynthia Stephanie Ferrao . (GoFundMe photo)

BURLINGTON, MS. – The bodies of an 18-year-old Indian American woman and her 20-year-old male companion were found Dec. 11 afternoon in Burlington, Massachusetts.

The teenager as Cynthia Stephanie Ferrao, who immigrated to the U.S. from Goa with her family at the age of five. A wake for Ferrao was held Dec. 15 in Burlington. The group Indian Americans for Burlington, known as IAB, helped with the wake and some financial assistance,

Ferrao was the only child of Nicolau and Cynthia Ferrao. According to a GoFundMe page set up to help the family take Ferrao’s body back to India for last rites, Cynara was studying at the Montserrat College of Art and was very passionate about fashion.

On the GoFundMe page — which can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2Z8sOdV — friends and relatives shared photos and anecdotes about Ferrao. The fund had raised more than $22,000 in five days from 380 donors. Organizer Amita Mehta wrote that Ferrao’s family was heartened to see the support at their daughter’s wake. Mehta also said that 100 percent of donations would be used to take the young woman’s body back to Goa.

The District Attorney’s office and the Burlington police are investigating Ferrao’s death as a suspicious matter. Her 20-year-old male companion’s death is not being investigated as suspicious.

“The preliminary investigation suggests that the male party’s death is not suspicious. However, the female party’s death is being investigated,” said the agencies in a joint press statement, noting that the matter has been referred to the medical examiner’s office to determine a cause of death.

“Both individuals are known to each other and at this time there is no indication that there is an ongoing threat to public safety,” said the agencies, adding that the investigation is open and ongoing.

Ferrao had graduated from Burlington High School earlier this year.

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