Ann Schmidt, Daily Mail, May 6, 2017
Two respected Boston doctors were killed in their penthouse apartment, with their throats slit, on Friday night.
Police were met by gunshots from the doctors’ killer when they arrived at the $1.9 million penthouse apartment in South Boston where Dr Richard Field and Dr Lina Bolanos lived.
Bampumim Teixeira, 30, did not hit police officers before they shot him multiple times and wounded him. He was taken to Tufts Medical Center for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
Boston police were called to the apartment on Friday night after hearing reports of a man with a gun. They responded around 8.45pm.
When officers finally entered the apartment, they saw the bodies of Field, 49, and Bolanos, 38, whose throats had been slit.
Their hands were bound, blood and messages of retribution were on the walls and photos of the two doctors in the apartment had been cut up, according to the Boston Globe.
The motive for the killings are unknown, but police say the crime does not appear to be random, according to WCVB. Officials have also said that the two doctors and their killer knew each other.
‘(For) someone to come here, go up to the 11th floor, to the penthouse, we got to believe that somehow there was some type of knowledge of each other,’ Boston Police Commissioner William B Evans said.
The apartment building has a special security system. In order to get inside and to use the elevator, a special key is needed, according to CBS Boston.
The couple were described as ‘good, kind, gentle people,’ according to the Boston Globe.
Michael Gibbs, Bolanos’s godfather, said: ‘Hopefully, this guy that they caught will be able to say who he is and why this was done.
‘That’s all we’re hoping, is to get some kind of information. Why did this happen?’
Field worked at North Shore Pain Management and had previously been an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist at Beverly Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
A statement from the NSPM clinic said: ‘Dr Field was a guiding vision at North Shore Pain Management and was instrumental in the creation of this practice.’
Bolanos was a pediatric anesthesiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She was also an anesthesia instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary released a statement from the hospital’s CEO John Fernandez, who said: ‘Dr Bolanos was an outstanding pediatric anesthesiologist and a wonderful colleague, in the prime of both her career and life.’
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said Teixeira will be arraigned on Monday, according to NBC Boston. He had previously been convicted of two counts of larceny, for passing notes demanding money from the same bank in 2014 and 2016.
Teixeira plead guilty to both counts last year. No weapons were used in either incident. He had been released from a correctional facility after his nine-month sentence in April.
Teixeira’s girlfriend said that he was a former security guard and that he never acted violently.
Police said that multiple charges are expected to be brought against Teixeira, likely ‘charges for two counts of murder,’ Evans said.