Deaths In South Boston Apartment Fire Ruled Homicides

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Boston Police have ruled that the deaths of a man and a woman in a South Boston apartment fire early Sunday were homicides.

Just after 3 a.m. Sunday, officers and firefighters responded to 4 Linsky Barry Ct. for a report of an apartment fire. They discovered two victims inside the building's third floor.

Authorities said that the victims were stabbed, according to the Associated Press.

The victims have been identified as 70-year-old Richard Hallahan and 54-year-old Diane Bourglas.

Police are investigating the slayings, and are seeking information from the public.

Boston Police are asking anyone with information to call the Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470. Individuals who want to provide anonymous information can contact the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word “tip” to CRIME (27463).

Update at 11:45 a.m.: The Boston Herald has more details on the homicides:

Hallahan was stabbed multiple times, while Bourglas died from “blunt force trauma,” said Boston police Sgt. Michael McCarthy.

The Boston Globe reports that Hallahan and Bourglas were friends who used to work together.

The paper adds:

No arrests have yet been made, but police reported they are actively pursuing several “good leads” in the investigation.

This program aired on May 30, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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