DA: 63-year-old woman dies trying to break up family fight

Published 11-26-2018

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METHUEN, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a 63-year-old Massachusetts woman trying to break up a family fight apparently suffered some kind of medical episode and died.

The Essex district attorney's office says police responded to a Methuen home at about 10 p.m. Sunday for reports of a fight and an unresponsive woman.

Authorities say Martina Gomez "appeared to suffer from medical distress" during the confrontation.

She was pronounced dead at Lawrence General Hospital at about 11:20 p.m.

The district attorney says 23-year-old Modesta Gomez was charged with assault and battery on a person over 60. She is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. It could not immediately be determined if she has a lawyer.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of Martina Gomez's death.

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