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Woman, dies after shooting at assisted living home

Posted: July 18, 2011 - 9:25pm  |  Updated: July 18, 2011 - 10:34pm

ANCHORAGE — A young woman who was shot multiple times in the head while volunteering at an assisted living home for people with acute and severe mental illness has died, police said Monday.

Mozelle Nalan, 19, had been in critical condition since she was shot in the head and shoulder on June 30. She died in the hospital at 11:35 p.m. Sunday, her mother said in a statement on a nonprofit medical website. Police spokesman Dave Parker confirmed the death.

Nalan was a volunteer and former resident of Soteria House, an assisted living home for young people with mental illness.

Michael McEvoy, 21, who was also was a former resident, has been charged with attempted murder. It was unclear if the charges would be upgraded to reflect Nalan’s death.

McEvoy’s trial is scheduled for Sept. 26 but likely will be postponed given the complexity of the case, said Assistant Public Defender Dan Lowery.

Both Nalan and McEvoy had graduated from a program at the home, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Nalan was a volunteer-in-training at the home, and McEvoy had come back to visit people.

Soteria-Alaska’s executive director Susan Musante did not immediately return a call for comment Monday from The Associated Press.

The first Soteria house opened in California in 1971 and was founded by psychiatrist Loren Mosher, who advocated treating schizophrenics in a home-like environment without relying on psychotropic medications. Residents are treated either with no medication or minimal medications for short periods.

The home instead employs milieu therapy, where the homelike environment, interpersonal relationships and normal activities of daily living are the tools for regaining mental health.

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