(Updated— Wed., April 20)— Boston Police are investigating the death of a man who was found seriously injured following an apparent altercation early Sunday morning in Adams Corner. Police were called to the scene at Adams Street and Gallivan Boulevard around 1:15 a.m., according to Officer Rachel Maguire, a spokesperson for the Boston Police Department.
Multiple sources tell the Reporter that the victim is Brian Hingston, 44, a Quincy resident who is originally from Charlestown, but has lived in Dorchester in the past. He was part of a larger group who were returning to Boston on a bus after a concert event outside of the city.
Police sources say that Hingston was attempting to break-up a fight when he was injured around 1:15 a.m. The victim was located at the rear of 780 Adams St., according to Boston Police, and transported to Boston Medical Center, where he later died.
The homicide unit is investigating the incident, but Maguire said that the death has not yet been ruled a homicide. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy that had not yet been completed on Wednesday.
Hingston’s family issued a statement to the media, which read in part: “Brian Hingston was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. His loss is unimaginable to all that knew and loved him. He was a gentleman who loved his family, loved to laugh, enjoyed traveling and music.”
The family asked for privacy “as the investigation is ongoing by the Boston Police Department.”
Boston Police Captain Tim Connolly, the new commander at Area C-11 in Dorchester, said this week that he is concerned by a recent uptick in street robberies in Fields Corner. The incidents— as many as five in the last week, he said— seem to follow a pattern of criminals targeting young women and teens who are accosted while using their smart phones.
“Folks really need to be more aware of their surroundings,” said Connolly, who theorizes that the robberies are feeding a demand for re-purposed smartphones that are then re-sold as part of an illicit market.
Connolly said a detail officer made one arrest this week after witnessing two young men attempt a street robbery on Lincoln Street. The suspects, wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandana masks, attempted to rob a young man at knifepoint, according to Connolly.