Police charge boyfriend in strangling death of Waltham woman

Staff reports

Authorities say the death of a Waltham woman Sunday by her boyfriend was the culmination of an abusive relationship marked by stalking and threats.

Souleymane Yacouba-Issa, 34, was arrested in Quincy at about 7:30 p.m. and charged with strangling Maryse Antoine, 46, mother of their 3-year-old daughter, Aisha.

Yacouba-Issa is charged with first-degree murder and will be arraigned in Waltham District Court on Monday morning.

Antoine's body was found Sunday afternoon in her sister's apartment at 34 Middlesex Circle, police said.

Family, friends and co-workers described a pattern of abusive and stalking behavior by Issa, said Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone's office.

Issa told Antoine that if she complained to authorities about behavior, he would kill her, according to the DA's office.

Leone and Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix announced the arrest last night.

"I want to thank the tireless efforts of the Massachusetts State Police, Waltham Police and Quincy Police," Leone said in a statement.

Antoine had worked five years for JSC Transportation Service Inc., driving a bus for students with special needs.

The prosecutor assigned to the case Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Kontz, chief of the domestic violence unit.

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