The Marine Allegedly Linked to Emerson Student’s Death Has Been Identified

Lance Corporal Samuel London is a suspect in the death of Daniel Hollis after a fight in Allston.

Daniel Hollis photo via the Hollis family

Last month, an altercation in Allston turned fatal when an Emerson College student suffered a serious brain injury and died. While there are still many questions surrounding the death of the student, 19-year-old Daniel Hollis, we now know the name of one of the other men allegedly involved in the incident.

The US Marines confirmed shortly after Hollis’s death that a Marine had become a target of the investigation, and Thursday, the individual was identified as Lance Corporal Samuel London. Maj. Roger Hollenbeck, a spokesperson for the Marine Forces Reserve, says that London is “currently being processed for administrative separation.”

“The charges against him are very serious, and local authorities continue to have our full cooperation,” Hollenbeck said in an e-mailed statement.

No charges have been filed in the case, and an investigation is underway. It is not clear whether or when London will be taken into custody.

The incident in question occurred around 1:30 a.m. on September 28, while London was reportedly on pre-approved leave. The altercation, which involved Hollis, his friends, and “another group of college-aged boys,” according to Hollis’s family, took place on Park Vale Avenue in Allston. Police report that during the incident, Hollis hit his head on a hard surface, and was found unconscious at the scene. He was brought to a hospital and was diagnosed with a blood clot on his brain. Despite emergency surgery, the 19-year-old did not survive—he was placed in a medically induced coma and died on October 2. His death is being treated as a homicide.