Former Resident Dies Trying to Break up a Fight:Friend and Colleague Sets up Website to Raise Money for Wife and Kids

By John Lynds

A former longtime Charlestown resident who rushed to break up a fight in Boston died after suffering a head injury during the melee

Brian Hingston, 45, who grew up in Charlestown died Sunday, April 17  when he tried to stop a fight inside a parking lot on Adams Street and Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester.

Boston Police said they are still investigating the incident and have not determined if the incident is a homicide or just a tragic accident.

Hingston had lived in Quincy for the past 11 year resident but grew up in Charlestown. The son of James and Janice (Blaikie), Hingston attended St. Francis De Sales Parochial School and graduated from Don Bosco High School in Boston in 1989.

While growing up here Hingston was very involved with the Charlestown Boy’s Club and was a member of the Boston Firefighters Running Club.

Hingston later moved to Dorchester then to Quincy. He worked for the last 12 years as a Project Manager for Partner’s Health Care.

He leaves his wife Tammy and their three children.

A memorial fund has been set up and donations can be made to the Hingston Children Education Fund, c/o Boston Firefighters Credit Union, 60 Hallet St. Dorchester, MA. 02124.

Also Hingston’s friend and colleague, Kerry Martin started a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for his family. The page can be found at

With a goal of raising $50,000 the page has already received $82,471 for the Hingston family. The page generated nearly $40,000 in donations in the first few hours it was put online.

“He’s too good a person for this  world to lose,” wrote Martin. “Needless to say, the Hingston family is devastated and in shock over the loss of Brian. A true gentleman, who never stopped caring about others. He’d want us to count our blessings- that we continue to live in a great country, are in good health and that we are blessed with a wonderful family, friends and colleagues.  There is nothing we can do to take away the sorrow, pain and loss from those that loved him. So many have reached out asking to donate, that we are setting up this page. The money collected here will go to his children.”

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