Stabbing Reported at UMass Boston Chancellor’s House

J. Keith Motley, UMass head since 2007, says he was out of town.

The roof of a police patrol car at night, with the blue and red lights flashing.


UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley is expected to respond Monday to an alleged stabbing at his Stoughton home early Sunday morning that sent a 20-year-old to the hospital.

Police in the town south of Boston say the call for the stabbing at 22 Palisades Circle came in around 2:48 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement on Facebook from Police Chief Donna McNamara. The stabbing victim, identified as 20-year-old Stoughton High Graduate and Motley family friend Fabrice Emile, was reportedly taken by ambulance to a Boston hospital and is in stable condition.

Motley, who has led the school since 2007, says he was out of town this weekend (in Jamaica, per the Globewhen the attack reportedly took place, and said in a statement to the media Sunday that he was on his way home. Via WCVB:

I have learned about an incident that occurred at my residence last night and am very concerned about it as well as the health of the young man who was injured. I was travelling and not home at the time, but I am returning as quickly as possible so that I can fully understand what happened and respond accordingly. I will have more to say at that time.

Motley has three children, and neighbors tell the Herald there was a party at the house and several cars lining the street.

Anyone with information about the attack has been asked to contact the department at 781-344-2575.