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No Indictments Issued In Death Of Emerson College Student

A Massachusetts grand jury has decided not to issue indictments in the case of a 19-year-old college student who suffered fatal injuries in an assault after leaving a party.

The young man's family called the decision "another crushing blow."

Daniel Hollis (Courtesy of Jen Kelly)
Daniel Hollis (Courtesy of Jen Kelly)

District Attorney Rachael Rollins said Friday that the investigation preceding the Suffolk County grand jury's vote into the death of Emerson College sophomore Daniel Hollis was "incredibly thorough and painstakingly detailed." But she acknowledged that the grand jury "has spoken and we respect its findings, however difficult they are to hear."

Hollis, a sophomore, was a marketing communications major and a goalie on the school's lacrosse team. He suffered severe head trauma in a fight off campus in Allston on Sept. 28, 2019, and died four days later at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

No arrests were made.

Hollis' family said in a statement Friday they still do not know for certain what happened to him.

"We are in shock. We are angry. We are sad. And we have no further comment until we learn more about the evidence collected during the investigation," the family wrote. "We ask for privacy for both our family and our friends as we navigate yet another crushing blow."

In October, the U.S. Marine Corps said a marine who was on leave played a role in the altercation with Hollis, but did not elaborate. The Marine Corps said its command was treating the case "with great care and solemnity."

In November, it said plans were under way to separate the marine from the military.

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