BELMONT (CBS) – More than 100 people gathered to remember 35-year-old Henry Tapia, a father of three killed in an apparent case of road rage in Belmont.
Belmont residents organized the vigil to stand together – and call out racism after authorities said Tapia was called a racial slur before his death.READ MORE: Waves Crash Over Sea Wall In Scituate Before High Tide, Flooding Streets
On Tuesday afternoon, investigators say Tapia and another man now identified as Dean Kapsalis got into an argument on a neighborhood road. Witnesses say Kapsalis yelled a racial slur at Tapia before getting into his truck and running him down. Kapsalis is now facing several charges including a civil rights violation.READ MORE: Blizzard Warning For Potentially Historic Storm That's Likely To Bring More Than 2 Feet Of Snow
Middlesex District Attorney and Belmont resident Marian Ryan said it’s a case that has rocked the entire community. “We cannot and we will not tolerate conduct such as what’s alleged to have happened here,” Ryan said.
Other residents say it’s a wakeup call, that this type of violence and hatred can happen in any town.MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
The police chief said the last murder in Belmont was more than 15 years ago.