, Salem, MA

July 1, 2013

Woman abducted, forced to withdraw money, slain

Associated Press

---- — BOSTON — A 24-year-old woman found stabbed to death in a Boston park was abducted and taken to several banks to withdraw money before she was killed, Boston police said yesterday.

The body of Amy Lord, who lived in the city’s South Boston neighborhood, was found Tuesday afternoon by a bicyclist at the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park, police said.

No arrests had been made in the killing, but police arrested a 28-year-old Boston man for allegedly stabbing a woman multiple times in the same neighborhood early yesterday. The woman fought off the attack and gave a description to police, who arrested the suspect, identified as Edwin Alemany. He was charged with assault with intent to murder in that case.

They also said a man matching Alemany’s description punched a woman in the face in South Boston early Tuesday. But Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey said Alemany had not been charged in connection with Lord’s death.

Lord was from Wilbraham and a 2011 graduate of Bentley University. Linskey said she was wearing gym clothes when she was kidnapped early Tuesday morning. Police believe her killer may have been with Lord when she visited five bank ATM machines between 6 a.m. and 6:47 a.m. on Tuesday. Linskey said Lord was seen on surveillance video at those banks, and police released photos of those visits, looking for help from anyone who might have seen her with her killer.

Lord’s car was found about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday in South Boston after it had been set on fire, said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley.

Her body was discovered about eight hours later.

“We need to find justice for Amy Lord, for her family and her friends,” Conley said.

Police were seeking help from any witnesses and cautioned women in the South Boston neighborhood to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times.

Lord was working for Genuine Interactive, a digital media company in Boston. In a statement, the company called her death “tragic and shocking.”

“We met Amy three years ago while she was still an undergrad at Bentley and were impressed by both her smarts and infectious, positive personality,” the company said in a statement. “Her ever-present smile and caring nature made her a favorite friend of everyone here.”

Lord graduated in 2007 from Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, where she was an honors student and a varsity cheerleader, according to school superintendent, Martin O’Shea.

At Bentley, Lord was a peer adviser for the study abroad program. She studied business and economics at the Universidad de Navarra in Spain in 2009 and played intramural soccer, Bentley president Gloria Larson said in a statement.