Source: Lord was assaulted in her apartment building
SOUTH BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Sources told 7News the South Boston woman, whose body was found in Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park Tuesday afternoon, was beaten in the hallway of her apartment building before being forced to take money out of five different ATMs.
A source said the suspect forced Amy Lord, 24, to remove close to $1,000 in cash early Tuesday morning.
No arrests have been made in Lord’s death, but sources told 7News Edwin Alemany is a person of interest in Lord’s death. Alemany is accused of assaulting two women in the same area of South Boston within a 24-hour period around Lord’s killing.
Alemany’s court appearance Thursday was canceled after a court psychiatrist determined he is suicidal.
“It is my opinion that he is overcome by emotions right now. That he is suicidal. That he is not in a state of mind where he can cooperate with his attorney in preparation for his defense,” said Dr. Stephen Porter, a court psychiatrist. “He was lying under the bench and he had removed stitches from a hand wound.”
Alemany’s neighbors said they have never seen a violent side to the 28-year-old man.
“I wouldn’t believe from him about mental issues, none of that,” said Nina Sophia, Alemany’s neighbor.
Court paperwork obtained by 7News shows Alemany has an extensive criminal record that includes assault and battery.
Boston police have increased patrols to ease fears in the neighborhood. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said he believes the streets are safe.
“I offer my condolences to the Lord family. They are going through a tragedy they never expected. I will also say that the police are doing everything they can. The streets are safe to walk around in the City of Boston,” said Menino.
Boston is holding a community meeting between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday to let the community know what resources are available to them in the aftermath of Lord’s death.
Police said they are looking for the public’s help. If you have any information on these stabbings contact homicide detectives at 617-343-4470. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those wishing to remain anonymous.