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South Boston fire declared double homicide

Police were at the scene of the fire at 4 Linskey Barry Court in South Boston on Sunday.

Bill Brett for The Boston Globe

Police were at the scene of the fire at 4 Linskey Barry Court in South Boston on Sunday.

Boston police have formally identified the man and woman who were found murdered Sunday inside a burning apartment in a South Boston housing development and have classified the deaths as a double homicide in a statement released late Tuesday night.

The bodies of Richard Hallahan, 70, and Diane Bourglas, 54, were discovered by Boston firefighters when they responded to a fire inside a unit in at 4 Linskey-Barry Court in the West Broadway housing development.

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Boston police reported today that Hallahan was stabbed to death and Bourglas died as the result of blunt force trauma.

Authorities did not disclose a motive for the double homicide.

Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, said authorities have decided not to disclose some information to protect the investigation.

“Withholding certain information can assist investigators in determining the accuracy of statements that they develop during the investigation,’’ he said. “We are taking every step possible to find justice for the two lives lost.’’

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

The Globe reported Tuesday that law enforcement officials briefed on the case believe Hallahan suffered fatal stab wounds while Bourglas suffered extensive trauma. The officials told the Globe the two people were slain and that the apartment was set on fire to try to destroy evidence of the crime.

Hallahan and Bourglas were friends who formerly worked at Marian Manor, a Catholic-run nursing home on Dorchester Street in South Boston, the Globe reported.

On Tuesday, US Representative Stephen Lynch visited the development to assure residents that authorities are working to provide as much assistance to them in the wake of the brutal crime.

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