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: Massachusetts Reports 1,734 New COVID Cases, 46 Additional Deaths
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: Police Investigating After Woman Says Baby Was Found In Trash Can On Dorchester Avenue
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: Owners Of Truck Company Charged In Connection To Crash That Killed 7 Motorcyclists
The police chief said the last murder in Belmont was more than 15 years ago.