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Investigation continues into Fuchs murder

Original post made on May 15, 2009

Nearly five months after 17-year-old Rylan Fuchs was shot and killed outside his parents house in Danville, police continue to work at bringing in the teen's killer.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 14, 2009, 2:56 PM

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Posted by Fuchs Neighbor
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Geoff, you ought to be ashamed of yourself by letting the Danville Police give you a statement you know as well we do is absolutely void of any information and then you print it as a progress report.I could've written it!Did you not ask any questions? Their response just reinforces my belief that they are hiding their incompetence,doesn't turning it over to the Sheriff suggest a lack of confidence in their own ability? As I've said before, there are any number of questions that should be asked that clearly wouldn't compromise the investigation but,sadly,you've shown that your paper won't be asking them! Investigative reporters are, by definition,not afraid of those they are investigating,be they criminals or public agencies.


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Posted by Matt
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2009 at 8:37 pm

The Sheriff's Office homicide team is a dedicated homicide team. That is what they do. Danville has 2 detectives that work ALL the cases; from petty thefts to the most serious violent crimes. Why wouldn't they request the help? And if you didn't know, the Danville Police work for the Sheriff's Office.

And ragging on the reporter? This sounds like a standard press release when there is no new public information. Maybe you should try some freelance writing and submit it to the Danville Weekly, but clean up that punctuation:)

Have a nice day...


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Hey Fuchs Neighbor-

You are a fool if you think the police are going to reveal to anyone to include the press of what evidence they have revealed during this investigation or who they have interviewed and the results of those interviews. It's a balancing act in regard to what the police can reveal to keep the public informed, but yet not jeopardize the investigation. It's apparent that your nothing but a typical nosey, self-centered, ignorant, and entitled blow hard who believes that you and your curiosity are more important than this case itself.

Obviously, you have no clue as to how a homicide investigation plays out. If the police gave a "play by play" of what they have un-covered during a case such as this, then it could most likely compromise the case. Any moron could figure that out, but obviously you can't see the big picture because your too caught up living in your little fantasy world that nothing like this can happen in our community and when it does, you expect it to be closed within "the first 48". Well, let me say this...this is the real world even if it is Danville. My advice to you is to stop playing the WII and watching CSI. Better yet, go back to school and take some English classes. You write like a third grader.

As you can see by viewing the comments on this website, the Danville Weekly has inquired about it on a regular basis. They give the best update they can, but because of the sensitivity of this case I'm sure they too realize that the police are not going to allow this incident be tried in the forum of "public opinion/comment". This is how cases such as this have been lost in the past especially when people like yourself get involved and weigh in..

You should shut your mouth and stop hiding behind the keyboard of your computer and take your self-serving agenda to another forum. Berkeley is a good start! Let's see how far you get there...


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Posted by Death takes a toll on us all
a resident of Charlotte Wood Middle School
on May 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I love you Rylan.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on May 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Hey Ron, why don't you show some of that gusto in a way that protects our community. You are so angered about some splitting hairs idea that Fuchs' neighbor wants more info, like a lot of us, and is agitated that we aren't getting any. For this, you are furious. Why aren't you furious that thugs are brought into our community to endanger our kids. Yeah, we're nosey when it comes to the safety of our community and especially our children. So, you're the fool, and a punk! I've said it before and I'll say it again, that group home better be gone soon, or there will be hell to pay...


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Posted by Fuch's Neighbor
a resident of Danville
on May 19, 2009 at 11:24 am

Been a resident of Danville for 38 years,raised 3 children here, and we continue to be concerned about the quality of life.That is why I am concerned about the quality of public safety,the presence of Group Homes, and the attendance of outsiders with juvenile records at our two high schools.
In Jan., Chief Wenzel stated that he had 10 investigators working around the clock on this case. Four months later we learn the Sheriff has assumed responsibility-our taxes support a City force which we presume can handle felony cases like this.
If the State licenses Group Homes that house juveniles from Oakland and elsewhere,it seems reasonable to me to expect that Danville citizens,particularly those living in proximity to the Homes,be made aware.Maybe then the Home's operators can be held accountable for the behavior of the tenants.One need only talk to the neighbors in the current situation to understand.
Drugs in our schools is not a recent problem but why would we enroll a juvenile from a Group Home whose background tells us we can expect the worst-drugs and guns! To be able to enroll in both of our High Schools raises questions, the final outcome was predictable.
I still don't understand the reluctance of the Police to release info on the case-the delay does not foster confidence in their effort.The recent investigation of the Ernie Scherer murder locally was covered in the media extensively,even before charges were made.
There can be a positive outcome from this sad incident.If we persist in getting answers to the many questions we will preserve what is good about this community.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on May 19, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I could not have said it better. Every point you made was absolutely true. I have a hypothesis as to why this has been kept relatively hush-hush. It's the same reason that people like us have angered certain interests with our questioning. It's the same reason our local newspaper blamed Rylan for his own death, for "associating with the wrong people." Well who brought these thugs here?! They tell us to shut our mouth for trying to protect our children. Well, no one shut's my mouth. And our community will be cleaned up, whether the powers that be like it or not.


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Posted by Will
a resident of Danville
on May 31, 2009 at 9:45 am

The facts are clear in this case, the police failed to act promtly and lost valuable information and time at the time the murder was committed. IT is not the fault of Danville PD that they have little to no ewxperience handling homicide cases in Danville.

If after five months they do not have a motive a weaqpon or suspect in custody, as the perptrator is long gone.

Looking for a specific hand gun among black teens in Oakland is impossible as it is likely every male teen has oned or two.

The police need to pursuit on this one with a bit more common sense and less rules based investigation.

Capturing the killer will jsut remove only one less killer from the streets and not solve any long term issues here. It will also ruin the life of oned more teen.


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Posted by Fuch's neighbor
a resident of Danville
on Jun 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm

We are now approaching five months since Rylan's homicide occurred and we are still awaiting some indication that the accused will be charged with a crime,is that acceptable to the residents of this town? Not only are we not reading status reports but the total silence suggests a specific tactic,i.e., the public will lose interest if we maintain silence. What I do know is that our Police are not equipped to investigate homicides,their protocol is to hand over homicides to the County.That means two things,our Mayor loses control of the case since he directs Chief Wenzel but does not direct/manage the Sheriff's office and,more critically,the case becomes one of the many the Sheriff is investigating from throughout CC County.Can you imagine that workload and how it impacts the priority set for the Fuch's case? The Chief announced that he had 10 investigators on the case within a few days-can't reconcile that with what we have seen.Must admit there is a major lack of interest on the part of the public in the performance of the Police in this case and I am at a loss to determine why.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Jun 17, 2009 at 9:40 am

I don't trust the government to protect my family anymore, so I just bought another gun. I know a lot of people who never shot one who are buying guns now. If this case does not make further progess I know a lot of people who will be extraordinarily pissed. The vast majority are not technosavvy and don't comment on blogs, but they're out there and they are FURIOUS! If the town of danville wishes to make this something we can rally around to clean up our town, fine. But, this kid's murder will not go unremembered. Will, you talk about how taking the murderer off the street will just ruin another kid's life. GOOD! I hope that little bastard's life is ruined. Little sicko!


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Jun 17, 2009 at 9:47 am

In summation, that group home better be gone soon. Otherwise, the owners, the town council and the Danville Weekly shall be the first to face the heat. Do you guys have any idea how easy it is to make a few publicity stunts and turn this story into a nationwide event? The more this BS goes on the more people get pissed off and crazy enough to pull these stunts. To those interests who want to continue bringing murderers into our town, know that those who are angered are not going away and in fact are becoming evermore resolved to take back our town! We are the majority, believe you me


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Jun 17, 2009 at 11:08 am

The reason why there has been an apparent lack of interest on the part of the public is because most people in this area don't know about this terrible murder. If the media were doing its job and showing people this growing threat, exposing the poor job of the group home operators at gauging the kids they bring in here. This is a town of more than forty thousand. No murders in cold blood. You did have a familial murder a couple years back, brother upon brother. These are the only types of murders you see in small, good towns like this. The murders are extremely rare and crimes of passion between people who are very close. On the other hand, Rylan was murdered by a gang-style, the type you see all the type in Richmond and Oakland, where this kid was from and where this kid ran after he committed the murder. Those cities have a true culture of violence, of cold-blooded murder. Now, those group homes want to import that into here, and have our kids be killed so that "Danville doesn't live in a bubble." They think a few of our kids being murdered is a worthy sacrifice in their call for "integrating the rich and poor." Of course, my dad came from these poor areas on his own, got his own butt here. That's evolution. The good and the strong fight their way out of somewhere and into the greener pastures. We're not against people from Richmond wanting to be here, but let the good and the strong separate themselves from the crowd there, by default of their skills and perseverence. Determined, disciplined people tend to have more respect, tend to not be murderers. But no, that's not good enough for some people. They must bring in swaths of people, not separating the wheat from the chaff. And, our kids die for it. I want the Danville Weakly to report on the methods these group homes use to determine which kids to bring in here. I wanna know how one out of a small group of kids turned out to be a full on gangsta-style murderer! But, they won't report that. Such is why this community is largely naive, which is why the first round in the counterassault is to get people talking about this case. Most people I run into who come to know about this are appalled. Danville is full of hardworking people. They don't have the time like those jobless losers in Oakland who protested in favor of that cop-killer. It's hard to mobilize a community organization willing to march in communities where people work and raise families, thus are busy. But, get us informed, get us angry enough, and we are that sleeping giant. Get people informed, all who believe that Rylan's murder did not have to happen, all you who believe that we can live in towns where seventeen-year-olds don't get murdered by gangbangers, all you who believe that its right to PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN FROM HARM!!!


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