A couple found brutally slain in their high-rise Boston penthouse were identified on Saturday as respected doctors, police said.
Cops reportedly found victims Richard Field, 49, and fiancée Lina Bolanos, 38, dead with their throats slashed inside a bloodied 11th floor apartment at 141 Dorchester Ave. around 8 p.m. Friday after a violent shootout with the couple’s suspected killer.
The couple’s hands were bound and their bodies mutilated, the Boston Globe reports, citing a source close to the investigation. Blood coated the wall, the paper added.
Authorities identified the alleged assailant as Bampumim Teixeira, 30, a convicted bank robber recently released from prison.
Police said Teixeira was shot in the exchange of fire and apprehended following a “violent struggle.” He was rushed to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive.
Boston police Commissioner William Evans believes Teixeira and the victims knew each other but it was not immediately clear how.
“We’re very fortunate our officers were not hurt. They opened the door and right away, shots were fired,” Evans said on Saturday. “We have a guy here who just killed two people and nothing to lose.”
It’s unclear how Teixeira accessed the posh condos and what sparked the gruesome killing. The source told the Globe that a message of retribution was also scrawled across the wall, but did not elaborate further.
Two weeks before the killings, the newly freed Teixeira reportedly reached out to his ex-girlfriend to apologize for his bank heist spree, according to the Globe.
“I’m not a good person,” he reportedly told her, before adding that he would never hurt people.
The victims, both physicians in anesthesiology, were engaged to be married.
Field worked at North Shore Pain Management, while Bolanos was a pediatric anesthesiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and an anesthesia instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Field’s employer addressed his death in a mournful tribute posted to their website, remembering the doctor as “a valued member of the medical community and a tremendous advocate for his patients.
“His tragic and sudden passing leaves an inescapable void in all of us. Our deepest thoughts are with his friends and family.”