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Weekend Altercation Leaves Emerson College Student in Critical Condition

Weekend Altercation Leaves Emerson College Student in Critical Condition

BOSTON – Following a weekend altercation in the early hours of Sunday morning, an Emerson College student remains in critical condition after sustaining a head injury, NECN reports.

According to the Emerson College student’s family, Daniel Hollis underwent emergency surgery after arriving at a local Boston hospital unresponsive. The family of Hollis also shares sadly that he is not expected to regain consciousness.

“We ask that you focus on the positive: his infectious smile, his goofy sense of humor, his love for music, hockey, lacrosse and most importantly his love for his friends and family," Hollis' family said in a statement.

They added: "The positive energy is making it to him and surrounding him with love while he is still with us."

While few details are currently unavailable, Boston police reportedly received a call in regards to an assault and battery at roughly 1:20 a.m. Sunday morning. Officers made their way to 15 Park Vale Ave. in Brighton where they came in contact with the male victim, per CBS Boston.

Per the Emerson student's family, Daniel Hollis’ injuries were sustained during a confrontation with another group of college-aged students after leaving a party. During the fight Hollis is said to have sustained injuries after hitting his head on the cement or bricks.

“Words were exchanged, pushing/shoving started, and in the scuffle, we believe Dan was hit and subsequently hit his head on cement/bricks as he fell,” the family said.

“He was brought to a local Boston hospital and was diagnosed with a blood clot on his brain requiring immediate surgery.”

Following the altercation, Emerson College has released a statement in regards to the incident.

"The Emerson College community’s thoughts and support are with Dan’s friends and loved ones during this difficult time,” the statement shared.

Counseling has been made available for students and friends at Hopedale Junior Senior High School where Dan Hollis was previously a student before enrolling at Emerson College.


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