In February, CHS reported on a woman’s death in a fall from the sixth story of the Capitol Building apartments at Broadway and John. We later learned her name and age — but not much else we could report about the 23-year-old who had apparently taken her own life. We knew The Stranger editor Christopher Frizelle was a neighbor — he appeared in the CHS comments in the hours after our first report reaching out to those who might have known Alyssa Rosado to offer what he knew about the situation and asking to learn more himself. This week, Frizelle published his story of Rosado’s death and the sadness, drugs and psychosis surrounding her:
It’s impossible to know what was happening in her mind, but it’s also impossible not to wonder. Five months after her death, I finally got in touch with her boyfriend, Thomas, who’d known her for three years. “I talked to her like 10 minutes before she died,” he said. “But she was incoherent and didn’t know who she was talking to. She ended the conversation with ‘Good-bye, I have to call my boyfriend.’ It was pretty weird. I had no idea what was going on.” The reason Thomas wasn’t there the night she died wasn’t because he wasn’t interested; it was because he lives in Yakima, a two-and-a-half-hour drive away. He told me she was 23 years old, her father was out of the picture, her brother was in jail, she was under a lot of stress, she’d developed odd mannerisms like “taking down a lot of notes” and “saying things that didn’t always make sense,” and her marijuana use was “very, very frequent” around the time of her death. The county would not release a toxicology report to Thomas—or to me—citing privacy laws. But when the cops walked into 606, they found “a strong odor of fresh burnt marijuana lingering in the air,” as well as 3.5 grams of pot labeled Pineapple Express and 4.7 grams labeled Crazy Train. No other drugs were found in her apartment.
You can read the entire The Woman in 606 here.