“gunman in the house,” read a text message from Dr. Richard Field, 49, to his friend in a plea for help.

The friend called the police and had them sent to Field’s luxury penthouse condo, which he shared with his fiancé, Dr. Lina Bolanos, on the 11th floor at 141 Dorcehester Ave in South Boston. Police arrived at the residence and entered the penthouse after using keys they found outside the front door.

Upon entering they encountered a man wearing gloves and dark clothing. Bampumim Teixeira, 30, a former security guard employed by the building, was “wielding” a gun. Teixeira was shot twice and wounded.

With Teixeira in custody, police searched the penthouse for the doctors, but it was too late. Dr. Field and Dr. Bolanos were dead. Their hands bound, throats slashed.

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A “message of retribution” had been written on the wall. Police have yet to reveal what exactly was written.

By the front door was a black backpack, filled with jewelry, a knife, and another bag containing a “replica firearm,” as well as some other of the victims’ belongings.

Teixeira was charged with two counts of murder. He was arraigned from his hospital bed. He pleaded not guilty and has been held on bail ever since. He is due back in court on September 12.