Suspect in Doctors' Slayings Once Worked at Their Condo

The man suspected of killing two engaged doctors in their luxury penthouse condominium once held a security job there.

Since the murders of doctors Richard Field and Lina Bolanos inside their penthouse condo in the Macallen Building in South Boston on Friday, NBC Boston has learned that suspect Bampumim Teixeira worked as a concierge for Palladion Security Services at the Macallen property for approximately three weeks between October 2015 and April 2016.

Palladion says background and reference checks on Teixeira came back clean.

A resident of the Macallen Building confirmed that the concierge security guards do have a master set of keys to the condo units.

That tenant told us Palladion was replaced by Highbridge Concierge in February after concerns over management’s ability to properly train the security staff.

But the resident said the new security company never changed the keys or fobs, and kept some of Palladion’s security personnel on staff inside the two buildings.

Highbridge Concierge did not return multiple requests for comment.

Residents said they are expecting the police commissioner and other investigators at a condo association meeting to discuss safety and security here Wednesday night.

Teixeira, 30, of Chelsea, is charged with two counts of murder in the Friday deaths of Field and Bolanos. He has a criminal history of robbing banks and was just released from prison in April after serving nine months.

His attorney entered not-guilty pleas on his behalf during his arraignment Monday at the hospital where he is recovering from gunshot wounds suffered during a standoff with police. He is being held without bail.

A law enforcement source said Field and Bolanos were found with their throats slit and their hands tied behind their backs. A black bag full of jewelry was also found inside their unit. The motive for the killings is believed to be robbery.

In a statement, Field's family called the deaths of both doctors "a tragedy beyond measure.''

"However, we want to remember Richard and Lina for who they were, not how they died," it said. "We will remember and celebrate their passion, gentility, and extraordinary kindness forever."

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.

Colleagues of Bolanos spoke Wednesday outside Massachusetts Eye and Ear, saying they are heartbroken over her death.

"Everybody loved her," said Nancy Katzuba, a surgical nurse.

Dr. Christopher Hartnick, chief of pediatric otolaryngology, said hospital employees are "devastated and lost."

Dr. Nita Sahani, chief of pediatric anesthesiology, said Bolanos and Field were a perfect couple.

"They just loved each other. They were meant for each other. They brought out the best in each other."

Her co-workers said Bolanos was well known for her bedside manner with children.

"The kids loved her, the parents loved her," Katzuba said. "Everybody trusted her. She was awesome."

Their focus now is on finding ways to honor Bolanos, either through a funded fellowship or something else entirely. They are working with her family and hope to hold a memorial service next week.

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