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Marine Charged With Murder In Death Of Emerson College Student

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

A U.S. Marine has been charged with the death of 19-year-old college student Daniel Hollis, who suffered fatal injuries in an assault after leaving a party last year.

Lance Cpl. Samuel London is facing military charges including murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and wrongful use of a controlled substance, the Marine Corps confirmed in a statement Monday.

The charges are “merely an accusation and the accused is innocent until proven guilty,” the statement added.

The move by the Marine Corps follows a decision by a Massachusetts grand jury in February not to issue indictments in the case.

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

No arrests were made at the time.

“As a family, we are incredibly grateful to the NCIS Investigative Team and the Marine Corps prosecuting team for their tireless work and constant communication with our family,” the family of Hollis said on a website dedicated to his memory. “It has been almost 14 months since Dan was attacked outside of his friend’s apartment in Allston, Massachusetts. We miss him every minute of every day.”

District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in February that the investigation preceding the Suffolk County grand jury’s vote was “incredibly thorough and painstakingly detailed,” but she acknowledged the grand jury “has spoken and we respect its findings, however difficult they are to hear.”

It was unclear Monday whether London had retained a lawyer.

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