Town offers wellspring of condolences following passing of Daniel Hollis
As the news of Daniel Hollis’ hospitalization spread across social media, North Attleborough residents had kind words to say or prayers for the family.
Hollis—son of Jennifer Kelly, principal of Martin Elementary School—tragically passed away on Oct. 2. He was a student at Emerson College, where he majored in Marketing Communications and was a member of the Mens Lacrosse Team. According to police reports, in the early morning hours of Sept. 28, he and a group of friends were leaving a party in Brighton when they were confronted by another group of college-aged boys. A fight ensued, and Hollis fell and struck his head, resulting in a serious injury.
According to Boston Police, Hollis succumbed to his injuries a few days later, and the department is investigating this as a homicide.
In an e-mail to parents, School Superintendent wrote “We are all grieving this sudden and tragic loss as we continue to support each other while keeping Dr. Kelly and her family in our constant thoughts and prayers.”
On social media, many North Attleborough residents shared Hollis’ story, asking to keep the family in their thoughts.
On the site Caringbridge.org, a post was written about Hollis, talking about the effect he had on those around him, that he loved life and wanted others to share in his happiness. The post touched on his time in the Town of Hopedale, how it provided a strong foundation from which he took off to explore through Emerson College. Hollis looked forward to traveling abroad and expanding his creative endeavors through clothing and marketing.
Hollis loved sports, and enjoyed his time on the field and the ice, and truly appreciated the camaraderie of the team.
“For Daniel, life was about relationships and enjoying experiences with others,” the post stated.
Hollis had chosen to be an organ donor, and this helped to save the lives of three people.
“We pray for a speedy recovery and long, prosperous life for the recipients and their families,” the post stated. “May they use his gift to make the world a better place.”