Man who was killed in apparent racial road-rage incident leaves behind three children
Henry Tapia of Boston died yesterday afternoon after a roadside argument in Belmont that authorities say ended when the driver shouted racial slurs at him, then hit and dragged Tapia with his pickup truck.
Tapia leaves his partner, Courtney Morton, their three children and his parents. Dean Kapsalis, 54, of Hudson, who is charged with causing his death, was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Monday on formal charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, civil rights violation causing injury and leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury.
Danny Garcia, who knew Tapia, also known as Henny and TheBadGuy, from the local Tekken gaming community, has set up a GoFundMe page to help Tapia's survivors:
For all who knew Henny, despite his moniker, he was nothing short of AMAZING. He was truly, a GOOD guy. Henny was a gentle giant, a loyal friend, with a big, unforgettable smile, and an even bigger heart. He was monumental in laying the foundation for our Tekken family, and is responsible for bringing us immeasurable memories that will last a lifetime.
As a friend, I've watched Henny grow into an amazing individual. He tried hard everyday to be the best role model for his children. He had aspirations of buying his first home with his partner Courtney, and worked diligently towards this goal.
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He sounds like a great guy. Sorry this happened.
How Sorry Are You?
How Sorry are people REALLY?
Does an incident like this motivate people to Actually Act?
Everyone appreciates kind words in matters and incidents such as this.
The real question ❓❓❓ is, What are you going to do in ACTIONS?
His murderer should never be allowed to drive again
Which might be moot if he is jailed for 20 years at his age.
He didn't just assault someone with is vehicle - he committed murder. Had this driver aimed a gun and shot we wouldn't have "vehicle charges".
It's disgraceful that they
It's disgraceful that they haven't charged the murderer with the actual crime. Disgraceful. How can anybody defend that??
10 license suspension
Three strikes and you're out?
Nope, 10 license suspensions and you're right back on the road.
Slap someone on the wrist enough they'll go and kill someone else.
Governor Baker and the RMV
Governor Baker and the RMV have blood on their hands. They will only terminate someone’s license after they kill someone and even then that’s not a given. How hard is it to treat people more importantly than cars?!
The laws are the laws.
Chapter 90 limits the RMV and the "governor" as to what they can suspend for.
If MGL 90 s. 22F dictates how much the RMV can suspend a license for. Long story short it is four years for simple "traffic violations". Add OUI and other driving crimes you can get more.
Maybe someone one can invent a device that will only turn your car on if you scan a valid license. And if someone else scans a suspended persons license that person loses his license as well or gets charged.
This is on the legislature
And the public that elects them.
Baker and RMV can't enforce laws that don't exist.
IANAL, but why is a guy who intentionally hit and killed a cyclist not being charged with murder?
Not a cyclist
He was walking back to his own car, according to the DA.
Amid the heartbreak and anger
It’s good to see so many people stepping up to support Henry Tapia’s family. Thanks for posting the GoFundMe link.
Hopefully there will be more charges to follow
Middlesex DA says charges could be added and existing charges could be upgraded.
I suspect they're trying to figure out
if they have enough for murder 2 and not just manslaughter 1.