Sophomore on life support following altercation at party


Daniel Hollis (No. 27) died after an altercation in Brighton. Photo courtesy of Kate Foultz.

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21

Updated 10/1/19The article was updated to include an emailed statement from President Lee Pelton

Updated 10/1/19: The article was updated to include a statement from the Suffolk District Attorney’s office.

Sophomore Daniel Hollis was placed on life support on Saturday after suffering injuries to his brain during an altercation at a party, according to journal entries from family members on

A medical team informed the family that the latest medical scans show extensive and irreparable damage to large sections of his brain that control functions such as breathing and pulse, the Saturday webpage post read.

“He will not be able to sustain life, even with the aid of life support systems,” Jen Kelly wrote in a post on the website. 

According to the website, Hollis and his friends were leaving a party early Saturday morning when they were confronted by another group of college-aged men. Hollis sustained injuries to his head when he was hit and fell on cement, the family wrote.

A Boston Police spokesperson confirmed a report of an assault and battery at 1:20 a.m. Saturday morning in Brighton, resulting in one person being transported to a local hospital. According to a statement from the Suffolk District Attorney’s office, the case is still under investigation.

“This Office is working closely with the Boston Police Department as the investigation into this tragedy continues,” the emailed statement to The Beacon said. “We offer the victim’s family our heartfelt condolences and will provide more information when, or if, it is appropriate.”

Hollis underwent emergency surgery on Saturday after he arrived to the hospital unresponsive, according to the family’s website. 

“The College is devastated by this news and is sending thoughts and prayers to Dan, his family, and his loved ones as they endure this very difficult period,” President M. Lee Pelton wrote in an email to the community on Tuesday.

Hollis is Marketing Communications major and a goalkeeper on the men’s lacrosse team.

“His family has asked that we focus on the following: ‘his infectious smile, his goofy sense of humor, his love for music, hockey, lacrosse and most importantly his love for his friends and family,'” Pelton wrote.

This is a developing story, check back for more updates.