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Danville teen's killer convicted of first-degree murder

Original post made on May 15, 2013

It took a Martinez jury just 40 minutes to convict Berkeley resident Walter Bell in the killing of 17-year-old Danville resident Rylan Fuchs. Bell was convicted of first-degree murder and faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 13, 2013, 3:05 PM

Comments (13)

Posted by Will Davidson
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2013 at 7:23 am

Thank Goodness justice was swiftly meted out. Will the race card now be played??
How many other dregs will be placed in our schools thanks to the planning commission and city council voting FOR very very very LOW income housing coming into Danville? Watch jumpings-beat downs etc come to a school near you.

Posted by cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on May 15, 2013 at 8:12 am

Hey Will -- your Mama called. She left you a message: Web Link

Posted by Lisa Cardinelli
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I,agree with Will--this is only the beginning of ghetto behavior coming to our town. I do not get cardinal or what point he thought he was making----guess his IQ was on display.

Posted by Wow
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Town of Danville provides affordable workforce housing in small numbers- your teachers, fire fighters, nurses, etc- for those that serve our community. This crazy myth about very low income housing just makes us all look like fear based paranoid rich snobs. Get the facts. Income does not define character- nor should wealth provide this town with a pedalstool.

Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Ghetto behavior? I was under the impression that the drug-dealer victim was white.

Posted by Samantha
a resident of San Ramon
on May 16, 2013 at 7:17 am

The victim was up against a pro gang banger---from out of our area--"wow" doesn't realize as a low information voter--that teachers, fire fighters, etc. would not qualify for ANY of this "housing" as they make way way way too much based on the formula.

Posted by Dan Villah
a resident of Danville
on May 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Hi Samantha: as a high information voter, would you provide information about those economics, or a link to where those limits can be found?


Posted by Danville Independent
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on May 17, 2013 at 3:24 am

It you're truly interested in the facts about Danville's low-income housing, I found this link:

[Portion removed due to promoting a website]

Apparently, it is state-mandated. That being said, the young man certainly didn't deserve to die,...but as we all know if you play with fire,...there's a high likelihood that you're going to get burned. This holds true no matter WHERE we live....

Posted by Debora
a resident of San Ramon
on May 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

What a very sad story this is. The death of a young man and a young man going to jail for life. What are we thinking here? Oh this solves everything, the kid is in jail now! Get your heads out of the mud people! The drugs and alcohol abuse has been a problem in our community not because of low income or color but because of the Disease of Addiction! Until there are more treatment facilities available and the proper aftercare for the disease there will always be drug dealing and killings. Mental Illness is not to be treated by our jail system. Just last night as I watched from a restaurant window I saw a 40+ year old man right on the streets of Danville half out of his mind on meth and/or alcohol and shop owners telling him to go away and pushing him out of their stores. This is someone who has grown up in this community and has family here I am told. Everyone just laughs it off and the police come and the man begs for them not to take him to jail. God this just kills me to think that with all the highly educated ans wealthy people in our communities that we could not help even one of our own by having a treatment facility right here in our own community where this man could be taken to instead of Oakland, Concord, Richmond, Antioch etc. I guess we can just keep cutting trees down in our town as these poor souls continue to hang themselves because they are at a loss! So sad. I hooe that this Disease of Addiction never hits your family here because it is a nightmare of a disease and would not wish it on my worst enemy.

Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on May 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

For all of the kind and charitable works to which the people of Danville contribute and are engage in, it seems that there are still too many times when we lack that strong bond of community when it comes to our neighbors who fall through the cracks. I would hate to think that a feeling of "I've got mine" by some people can outweigh a sense of community that binds us together in a common purpose as a community.

Posted by 5150 Woody
a resident of Danville
on May 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm

"State Mandated Low Income Housing" to be built in every community...Why? In order to move low socio-economic voters into conservative districts where new homes are being built. The Demo's now have a super majority in both houses in this state, hows that possible when the state splits 55-45% on most issues? Wake up people!

Posted by Sue Thayer
a resident of Danville
on May 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Woody: the CA voter registration stats are as follows (2/13):

Dems 44%
GOP 29%
None 21%
Other 6%
Web Link

So, clearly the Independents are voting for the Dem candidates; GOP for GOP, and Other for Other. Where'd you get your '55/45 split' -- Karl Rove?

Posted by Andrew
a resident of Danville
on Jul 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I have have lived in this community for 5 years now and have hated every minute of it. All these rich people thinking they live in the perfect bubble and nothing will ever effect them. I have traveled the world and seen some crazy things. So stop crying about the little things in life and get your head out of a fu*king hole there is more to life then the bubble of danville. No one is ever going to be perfect thats just life deal with it.

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