A man killed his estranged girlfriend and himself in an elevator in a Boston building, where she worked.
This case of domestic violence occurred when the man pulled the woman into the elevator and set off a homemade bomb. The bomb explosion killed them both, according to authorities.
The two dead were identified as Raymond Echevairria, 23 and Xiomara Robles, 21.
The authorities found the bodies inside the elevator after the explosion. The police are investigating the case as a murder-suicide. Associated Press reported that a statement was made by Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. He said “This is a domestic violence situation – once again we have an ugly specter of domestic violence here in Massachusetts.”
According to a report by Fosters.com, the woman had been outside walking with her son during her lunch house. She was employed by a psychiatric clinic as as a receptionist / secretary. The woman and her son were seen outside walking and laughing, according to eyewitness reports. When they returned to the building that she worked at, Echevairria drove up to the curb. Police say that the couple reportedly argued near or inside the elevator.
Attorney Phil Lamonica, who has an office in the building, was in the vicinity. He is quoted by Fosters.com as saying “I heard a lot of screaming. At first, we all thought she was trapped in the elevator and had claustrophobia, so we started punching all the buttons. I ran to call the fire department and while I was on the phone, I heard the explosion”.
The three story building at 150 Market was shaken by the blast. People left the building. Two people with minor injuries were taken to local hospitals, according to Lynn Police, reports Fosters.com.
Court TV News reports that when the blast occurred, the elevator was engulfed in flames.
The Daily Item reported that court records showed that Xiomara Robles had filed a restraining order against Echevairria on January 8, after he had allegedly kidnapped her at knife point. Robles reportedly lifted the restraining order on January 16.
The couple had two young children. Roble’s son, who was with her during her lunch hour was left outside the elevator when Echevairria pulled Robles into the elevator . The boy was reported not injured by the blast.
Echevairra’s father, Rafael Echevairria, reportedly told Boston Television station WHDH that he was saddened and that he didn’t understand what happened.