According to police, Dean Kapsalis, a 54 year-old white man from Hudson, was involved in an argument with the victim and began yelling racist slurs at Tapia, a Black man.
Tapia allegedly began to walk back to his vehicle when Kapsalis drove his Dodge Dakota pickup truck into Tapia and dragged his body a short distance along the pavement before he fled from the scene.
Police found Tapia conscious, but suffering from life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, and later died from his injuries.
Kapsalis ultimately turned himself in to police.
Prosecutors initially charged Kapsalis with charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a civil rights violation causing injury, and leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury.
On Monday, Kapsalis was arraigned on additional charges – of murder, and of leaving the scene causing death – in a virtual hearing at Cambridge District Court.
“We had so many plans — in life, for our kids,” Morton told Walker. “He wanted to be the best dad he could be to Eli, and he never wanted to miss a day of Eli’s life. And somebody took that from him. Somebody took that from my son. Somebody took that from me.”