UPDATE: POLICE: Concord Man’s Death Not Believed to be Related to Danville Fight

August 20, 2014 · 16 comments

Police said foul play does not appear to be involved in the death of a 20-year-old Concord man who was involved in a fight in Danville over the weekend.

A family member found Devin Knoll dead inside an apartment in the 5000 block of Valley Crest Drive at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to Concord police Lt. David Hughes.

Hughes said there were no signs of foul play and that Knoll’s cause of death was not readily apparent.

The Contra Costa County coroner’s office is awaiting the results of toxicology tests to help determine the cause of his death.

Investigators learned that Knoll had been involved in a physical fight in Danville over the weekend and looked into the possibility that his death might be related.

Danville police Detective Sgt. Jason Haynes said few details were available about the fight but that knives and guns were apparently not used.

Hughes said the preliminary results of the police investigation into Knoll’s death indicate that it was “medical in nature, and not the result of a criminal act.”

1 Michelle August 20, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Condolences and prayers to this young man’s family. RIP

2 hmmmm... not so fast August 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

medical in nature?
as in Blood clot…due to injury/ blow to head or body?
internal bleeding due to blunt force trauma?

3 EF August 20, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Any punch to the head could cause damage internally. The worst injuries are often those without outward signs. Wondering how the investigators came to their conclusion without an autopsy…

4 J. August 20, 2014 at 11:20 PM

I heard he took some pills to take care of the pain from the fight. He went to sleep and never woke up.

5 Roz August 21, 2014 at 6:34 AM

@ #2,…I agree with you.

6 anon August 21, 2014 at 6:52 AM

You are reporting false information. This young man was attacked and beaten terribly and the results and investigation and not in. Please pray for his family and stop reporting garbage.

7 lights and sirens August 21, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Way too young to leave this world.. hope his family gets some answers and peace. To the young man’s friends and family. .. So sorry for your loss.

8 Hmm August 21, 2014 at 8:42 AM

This was only what I was told, but I heard that the fight itself was initiated over OLD De La Salle & Monte Vista football rivalry. Not even kidding. A shame. RIP young person

9 Cowellian August 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

The police account may, or may not, be correct, but the Mayor is accurately reporting what the police have stated. And maybe some anonymous person on the internet knows more about what happened than the police do, or maybe they’re just making it up. It’s hard to tell.

10 Towman August 21, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Very sad a 20 Year old lost his life this way.i hope the family gets closure on this case. R. I. P. Devin you’ll be missed but not forgotten.

11 Lizzie August 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

As others have stated, a physical fight could have led to internal injuries that are not visible to the eye…in any case it is a sad story . RIP…

12 SF CityGirl August 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I bet you it is related to the fight… RIP young man.

13 The Mamba August 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I was at the pharmacy on Sunday evening and believe I saw this young man. I really hope it wasn’t the same person but he’d obviously been through a lot and was shaken up about it.

14 Cowellian August 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

I believe it’s entirely possible that he could have died from injuries from a fight. But it’s still too soon to tell. We still don’t have any details of the fight or the injuries that he received.

15 PhilthyPHRESH August 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Most people just want to blame someone. Most of you didn’t know him, some did, but most all missed the point. He’s dead now who cares why, show some respect if anything. If a tree fell on him, would anyone start beating up the ground?

16 Darwin August 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Sad

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