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Two adults were found dead in a South End housing development Saturday, with a preliminary investigation suggesting drug overdoses, Boston police said.

The victims, whose identities were not released, were found inside 18 Lattimore Court about 6:30 p.m., said Officer James Kenneally, a police spokesman.

The apartment building lies within the Lenox development of the Boston Housing Authority, just southeast of Tremont Street.

On Tuesday, the Boston Public Health Commission announced a sudden spike in suspected opioid overdoses, with EMS responding to 32 incidents, including one death, on Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 — four times as many incidents as during the same period last year.

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At about 7 p.m. Saturday, police stood in the entryway of 18 Lattimore Court and spoke to neighbors.

A photographer was seen at a second-floor window, taking flash photos.

A woman named Teaisha, who lives in a neighboring building and asked that her last name be withheld, said she had watched as firefighters and EMS personnel arrived and departed the scene, apparently too late to aid the victims.

“It’s ridiculous, and tenants get to live through this,” she said. “What are they going to do to protect the innocent tenants?”

Teaisha said there had been a fire in the same building just a day earlier, as well as a shooting in the development just before Thanksgiving, and a woman was killed on Nov. 1.

About 5:22 a.m. on Nov. 1, a woman was shot and killed at 18 Lattimore Court, according to Boston police. In a later interview, Deirdre Tucker identified the victim as her 35-year-old daughter, Shervonne Tucker.

A weathered memorial of flowers and candles remained outside the building Saturday night.


Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Alyssa Creamer can be reached atalyssa.creamer@globe.com.