Boston police are appealing for witnesses to the brutal assault that took place in the early hours of Sunday morning, August 18th, on Irishman Gary Halpin (33) in the Dorchester section of Boston. 

A native of Cobh, County Cork, Gary,a freelance graphic designer, has been living in Boston since 2006 and was only minutes from his home at Adams Village when he was discovered with potentially life-threatening injuries by a state trooper.

Some details have emerged about the events leading up to the discovery of Halpin’s unconscious body. According to a Boston police department report, a group of people had flagged down the trooper as he traveled by Gallivan Blvd. in his marked cruiser. The group proceeded to relay information about a man that had been seen staggering in the area and whom they believed had been beaten up.

The trooper continued further down Gallivan Blvd when his attention was drawn to the local car park, near the corner of Gallivan Blvd. and Adams St. The Trooper observed Halpin, a father of one, who attempted to walk towards the troopers vehicle. Due to the extent of his injuries, the Irishman could only walk a few steps before collapsing on the ground. An EMS unit was called and they quickly transported the Cork native to the Boston Medical Center for further evaluation.

Boston police officers were informed on arrival by the medics that the graphic designer was in grave condition after obtaining injuries to his head and his wife was notified. Going to press, Halpin’s condition is still listed as serious and earlier on Tuesday his wife Alicia spoke with reporters and advised that “he’s doing okay at the moment”.

Despite the Gallivan Blvd. area of Dorchester being canvassed by police with possible crime scenes located and photographed, the circumstances that led up to this horrendous attack on the Adams Village resident are still unclear. Boston police at this stage are remaining tightlipped but have issued an appeal for anyone who was in the area or who many have any information to come forward to help them solve this crime 

Residents and businesses alike in the predominantly Irish neighborhood are still in shock that their quiet streets have once again been the location of a brutal attack that has led to a man fighting for his life. Adams Village is considered by many to be one the safest parts of Dorchester with a very close-knit community but this recent attack has only served to remind the locals of the tragic case of Ciaran O Conghaile, an Irish man who was murdered as he walked home in the same area in October, 2011.
The Boston Police Homicide Unit is investigating the assault and would like anyone with information to contact Homicide Detectives at 617-343-4470 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800 494-8477.
Anyone hesitant to contact police directly, because of their immigration status, can contact the Irish Pastoral Centre at 617 265-5300 or the Irish International Immigrant Centre at 617-542-7654.  Any information you have may be critical in solving this crime.

Assault victim Gary HalpinIrish Emigrant staff