BOSTON (CNN) – Police have increased patrols at a park in Boston after an 83-year-old man was attacked. The victim, Daniele Pepe, later died of his injuries.
The peaceful East Boston escape is now patrolled by police after two incidents by the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation.
“It’s just unbelievable, we’re down here every day,” said a frequent visitor.
State police say 83-year-old Daniele Pepe of East Boston died after suffering injuries while walking on the reservation May 29th. Investigators believe he may have been assaulted, his family is hoping for answers.
“Whoever wants to do something like this to an 83-year-old guy, I couldn’t believe it when I heard it,” said Brother-in-law Tony DiCicco.
Three days later, police say a 67-year-old Lynn man was attacked while walking in the park in broad daylight. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police are looking into whether the two incidents are connected.
Regulars at Belle Isle are in disbelief.
“I’ve been coming here for 25 years, and that’s the first time anything like that has happened here,” said Don Boudreau.
The attacks remain under investigation.