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Newsfront - May 15, 2009

Police continue investigation into Fuchs murder

'Priority case' includes many sensitive details

by Geoff Gillette

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.

Fuchs was slain the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 20, just minutes after sneaking out of his home, according to reports. He was shot in the throat around 9 p.m. and was able to stumble to his front door where his step-father Ron Harmon attempted to perform first aid. Harmon said his stepson was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he died early Wednesday.

Within days, police announced the arrest of a 15-year-old male in the case, but no official charges have been made against the juvenile, who remains in juvenile detention on an unrelated charge.

Danville Police Lt. Mark Williams said he understands the frustrations of residents who want to see resolution to the murder, but investigators are continuing to work on the case every day.

"There is a lot of work and detail that goes into these cases," he explained. "There's a lot of pieces to the puzzle and it's very time consuming."

Investigators from Danville are assisting, but the Contra Costa Sheriff's Homicide Unit is the lead in the case and Williams said they are working on it daily.

"This is a priority case," he said, adding, "These kinds of cases are very sensitive and delicate and we have to take a lot of things into consideration out of respect for the family and the integrity of the case altogether."

Williams said that there is no timetable for when any further arrests may be made, but he is confident that when investigators have made their case they will act on it. "We only get one shot at this and we want it done right so we can present the best case possible to the D.A.," he said.


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