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Catherine Salvi, 24, loses battle for life after brutal domestic assault

January 6, 2014

Salvi and her son Davian, now 2, in happier times.

WOONSOCKET – Catherine Salvi, 24, has died after being brutally attacked by her boyfriend on Dec. 13.

Family members said Salvi had been declared brain dead by doctors at Rhode Island Hospital last week.

Woonsocket police are now expected to upgrade the charges against Emmanuel Algaria, 21, from felony domestic assault to homicide.

Algaria has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions since the attack.

Police say they couple lived together with their two-year-old son, Davian, on the third floor of 316 Manville Road, where the attack took place. Salvi's parents lived in another apartment downstairs.

Few details of the nature of the attack have been released, but police said it was very violent.

Friends and family members have been raising funds for the Salvi family through the web site gofundme.com. The Mane Spot Salon, 30 Main St., has also been raising funds through the sales of bracelets and other promotions.

Salvi is a native of Milford, Mass., who has lived in Woonsocket since since she was 12. She and Algaria have been together more than three years.

Her death is the first domestic homicide in Woonsocket since 2009.

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