Authorities say domestic violence was the motive behind the murder-suicide in Jamaica Plain last week that left a 32-year-old man and 23-year-old woman dead.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday the investigation into the Nov. 19 double shooting revealed that Jose DosSantos, 32, went to the home of his “former intimate partner,” 23-year-old Lodimira DosSantos, carrying a knife and a handgun, threatening to kill her and himself.
Inside the residence on Bickford Street, he stabbed a 33-year-old man who attempted to intervene, shot Lodimira DosSantos, and then shot himself, authorities said.
While he and the 23-year-old shared a last name, they were not married, according to the DA’s office.
“Domestic violence is about power and domination,” Suffolk District Attorney John Pappas said in a statement. “Lodimira’s murder was committed by a man who could not or would not relinquish control over her, even in the very place she should have been safest — her own home.”
Boston police responded to the scene around 5:45 p.m. Jose DosSantos was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 23-year-old mother of two was taken to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.
According to the DA’s office, Jose DosSantos possessed an active license to carry firearms, issued by the Town of Randolph.
“Domestic violence can take many forms,” Pappas said in his statement. “It occurs in relationships of all types, across every demographic. If you or a loved one see the red flags of verbal abuse, controlling behavior, or physical violence, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help.”