A Sheffield doctor and his fiancee killed in their luxury penthouse in America had their throats slit, it is claimed.
Dr Richard Field, aged 49 and his fiancee Dr Lina Bolanos, 38, were killed in their home in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday night.
In the final terrifying moments before his death, Dr Field, who graduated from the University of Sheffield's Medical School in 1999, sent a text to a friend reporting a gunman in his apartment.
When police officers arrived Dr Field and his fiancee were already dead, both having had their throats slit, reports claim.
Their hands were also tied.
Bampumim Teixeira, 30, who has been charged with two counts of murder, was recently released from jail for bank robberies.
He used to work as a security guard in the building next to where the doctors lived.
“It’s very troubling,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.
“These are two well-respected people killed in their penthouse apartment.”
Dr Bolanos’s godfather, Michael Gibbs, described the couple as 'good, kind, gentle people'.
District Attorney Daniel Conley said police were sent to the doctors' apartment after Dr Field texted a friend to report 'a gunman in the house'.
Mr Conley said officers found a BB gun or a 'replica gun' inside a backpack in the apartment. A knife was also found.
Prosecutor John Pappas said the backpack was filled with jewellery from the penthouse.
Teixeira was shot by police officers during his arrest.
He is under police guard in hospital.