Suspect in Boston penthouse slayings faces arraignment

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Monday, May 8, 2017
Suspect in Boston penthouse slayings faces arraignment
The suspect in the Boston penthouse slayings of two engaged doctors faces arraignment. Eva Pilgrim reports during Action News at 12:30 p.m. on May 8, 2017.

BOSTON -- A man accused of killing two engaged doctors inside the penthouse of a luxury condominium building was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on two counts of murder.

Bampumim Teixeira is charged with killing Dr. Lina Bolanos and Dr. Richard Field on Friday night at the Macallen Building in South Boston. Police did not provide a motive in the case but said the suspect most likely knew the victims.

Officers found their bodies after responding to a report of a man with a gun.

Police Commissioner William B. Evans said Teixeira opened fire when officers confronted him at the door. Officers fired back, hitting Teixeira multiple times. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. No officers were injured.

Teixeira will likely be arraigned in his hospital room, said a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer.

The district attorney's office said Teixeira has a pair of larceny convictions on his record. In June of last year, he passed a note demanding money at a Boston bank. He committed the same crime two years earlier.

Bolanos, 38, was a pediatric anesthesiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, according to its website, and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Field, 49, also an anesthesiologist, worked at North Shore Pain Management.

Police have not said how they were killed.

Dr. Sunil Eappen, chief medical officer and chief of anesthesia at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, said in a statement on the hospital's website that he first met Bolanos when she was a young researcher.

"We have worked together since 2011, except for a short break when she moved to Texas for a few months," Eappen said, "I watched her mature and blossom from a young medical school graduate to a fabulous experienced pediatric anesthesiologist."

Eappen said she performed her job with both great skill and compassion.

"Everyone at Mass. Eye and Ear really loved her," he said. "It is desperately hard for all of us to fathom that our friend who never failed to brighten our days is no longer with us."

On its website, North Shore Pain Management said Field was "instrumental in the creation of this practice."

"He was a valued member of the medical community and a tremendous advocate for his patients," the statement said. "His tragic and sudden passing leaves an inescapable void in all of us."


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