Letter to the Community of Arcata from Kyle Zoellner’s Uncle
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Dear Community of Arcata,
I am reaching out to all to see if “a voice of reason” can be found regarding the death of Josiah Lawson and the recent events that have taken place including the preliminary hearing where the charges against Kyle Zoellner were dismissed.
It appears that the community leadership continues to solely focus their attention on the racial injustices in Arcata (I am not minimizing this issue at this time as there are systemic social injustices taking place every day in our society, however I do not live in Arcata so I cannot comment on this subject), instead of investigating the facts of this case. Finding the real killer should be the priority for all involved at this time.
What we learned from the preliminary hearing is that the APD did not do a proper investigation, period. They investigated Kyle Zoellner as the only suspect and this is witnessed clearly by the fact that they only took his finger prints and his girlfriend’s finger prints to compare with the finger prints found on the knife that was found at the scene. I have reached out to high ranking law enforcement personnel and they confirmed that in a murder investigation there are always multiple investigations going on at once and that all parties at the scene of a murder are considered suspects until they can be eliminated by the police through their intensive investigations.
Early, during the (APD) investigation, the police Chief made a public statement during the time when the police were asking for eyewitnesses to come forward:
Statement made publically by Police Chief (Tuesday April 18, 2017
APD Chief Tom Chapman said it’s believed Zoellner received some of the injuries visible in his booking photo prior to stabbing Lawson and some after.
(This statement from the Police Chief was absolutely irresponsible at best)
Public officials including the APD, the Mayor’s Office, and HSU officials must be held accountable for their actions and inactions in regards to this case. The ADP must now publicly address critical questions that have surfaced during the past few weeks. The police Chief cannot state that he cannot comment on the investigation based on the excuse that the investigation is ongoing as he has clearly made public statements that not only included the above but also included that the “accused admitted to being in a fight with Josiah”. This statement for some unknown reason was made just prior to the preliminary hearing. Kyle never stated he was in a fight with Josiah to ADP and this was proven in the preliminary hearing. At this time there should be nothing to hide as witness statements have been publicly shared in detail to all.
As a start to getting transparency from the APD I would like to ask the police Chief the following simple questions:
1) Was Renalyn Bobadillo stabbed at the party and if so by whom?
2) If not why did Elijah Chandler make his public statement that she was and why did Police Chief Chapman publically state “It looks like it”?
Statements from various media reports made these last few weeks:
From Elijah Chandler: Trained in first aid, Chandler stanched his friend’s knife wounds with his T-shirt and administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He and Lawson’s girlfriend, who had been stabbed at least twice on her left arm, struggled in vain for some 15 minutes or more before EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) arrived.
When asked if more than one person had been stabbed, Chapman said, “That’s still being investigated. I can’t confirm that. It looks like it.”
Within two to four minutes, post-3 a.m., as sirens wailed in the background, police radioed that a woman had been stabbed, that multiple units were responding and that Arcata medical had been alerted.
Shortly thereafter came word via the California Highway Patrol of “at least one report that a man was down,” evidently referring to the fatally wounded student, HSU sophomore and criminal justice major David Josiah Lawson, 19, of Perris in Riverside County. The wounded female may have been Lawson’s girlfriend, Ren, reportedly stabbed twice on one arm, according to an eyewitness.
- 19-Year-Old HSU Student Dies After Stabbing in Arcata Early This Morning
- 23-Year-Old McKinleyville Resident Arrested in Connection with HSU Student’s Stabbing Death
- HSU Offers Students Who Witnessed Stabbing Death Amnesty for Breaking School Rules; Asks Cooperation With Police
- Arcata Police Not Releasing Photo of Suspect in Stabbing Death for Now
- APD Received Anonymous Email About Fatal Stabbing; Pleads With Writer to Come Forward
- Celebration of the Life of Stabbing Victim Will be Held at Humboldt State University Today; Racial Bias Alleged to Have Led to Death
- Hundreds Mourn Slain HSU Student at Thursday Vigil
- Uncle of Fatal Stabbing Suspect Writes Letter to the Editor Urging Community Re-examine Public Statements Made in the Case
- Family of Arcata Stabbing Suspect Claims the Real Killer Has Not Been Caught (Includes Timeline of Events as Presented in Public Statements by Those at the Party)
- HSU and Arcata Police Issue Statements Following Release of Kyle Zoellner in the Stabbing Death of David Josiah Lawson
- District Attorney’s Office Issues Statement as Defendant in Racially Charged Case Released
- Family of Kyle Zoellner Who Was Released Today in Stabbing Death Issues Statement to Family and Friends of Victim
- Justice for Josiah Gathering Keeps Arcata Lively Tonight; Another Protest Called for Tomorrow
- Letter to the Community of Arcata from Kyle Zoellner’s Uncle