No arrests made as investigation into sophomore’s death continues


Photo: Jakob Menendez

Community members gathered in the Semel Theatre to mourn sophomore Daniel Hollis October 3. 2019

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21

Police continue to investigate the death of Daniel Hollis almost a month after an altercation in Brighton left the sophomore on life support.

Boston police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office told The Beacon that no arrests have been made and no updates are available. The two departments are working together closely as the investigation continues, a spokesperson for the DA’s office said. 

“If we make an arrest, that’s certainly not something we would sit on,” a spokesperson for BPD said in a phone call with The Beacon.

Hollis sustained severe brain injuries during an altercation in Brighton on Sept. 28 and died four days later. Boston Police ruled the death a homicide and urged community members to contact the department with any information in an Oct. 3 statement

“Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463),” the statement read. “The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.”

The WBZ Investigative Team at CBS Boston reported on Oct. 7 that police identified a suspect. CBS reported that the alleged assailant is enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and is now back on a base in California where he was scheduled to be deployed.

Chief Investigative Reporter Cheryl Fiandaca said a surveillance video of the incident shows Hollis being punched, falling onto stairs or concrete, and hitting his head. Hollis was bleeding in the street when police arrived.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that an off-base incident allegedly involving one of our Marines has led to the passing of a man in the Boston community,” a Marine spokesperson said in an Oct. 8 statement. “The event occurred during an approved leave period for the Marine, in the early hours of September 28, 2019. This is a tragic event and is being treated with great care and solemnity on the part of the command.”