A Concord man who died a day after attending a wild, rock-throwing melee outside a home on El Pintado Road early Sunday did not appear to have been injured in the fight, a preliminary investigation has shown.
As NEWS24-680 reported the morning of the party, Danville police with support from county sheriff’s deputies, responded to calls of a swirling melee between a large group of young adults in the 700 block of El Pintado Road around 12:45 a.m. Sunday. Neighbors reported seeing several groups of youths hurling rocks and fighting in the area, and police arriving on the scene reported a large group of youths taking flight and hiding in local yards and landscaping in an effort to elude police. Several youths were detained at the scene.
Callers contacting NEWS24-680 reported the brawl started as a “personal matter” between youths attending the party.
Police on Wednesday confirmed that one of the youths who attended the party that night was found dead in his apartment in the 5000 block of Valley Crest Drive at 4:22 p.m. Monday. Preliminary investigation revealed that 20-year-old Devin Knoll’s body bore no obvious signs of trauma and his death was not believed to have been caused by any blow received during the fight. Concord police said preliminary findings concluded Knoll’s death was “medical in nature, and not the result of a criminal act.”