Danville police announced Friday the arrest of a 15-year-old male from Alameda County in connection with the Tuesday night shooting death of Rylan Fuchs, 17.
"At approximately 2 a.m. Danville police developed information on the whereabouts of the suspect," Police Chief Chris Wenzel read from a brief statement at a press conference this morning. "Detectives from the Sheriff's Department located the suspect in the city of Oakland with the assistance of Oakland P.D."
Officers arrested the teenager at the home of a relative. He was taken into custody on a charge of murder and was transported to the Martinez Juvenile Detention Center.
Because of the suspect's age, Wenzel did not provide an identity of the suspect although he did confirm that he had lived in the Danville area previously.
Wenzel said the motive for the shooting may have been drug related.
"There is still a lot of work to do on this case," Wenzel said. "Many more interviews need to be conducted. The report still has to be filed with the DA's office, which will be reviewing the case."
He added that he was pleased with the efforts of his detectives along with those from the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department in their handling of the case.
The news of the arrest did little to assuage the grief and anger being felt by Rylan Fuchs' girlfriend, Paulina Wszolek. Wszolek, 16, a junior at California High School, attended the press conference to hear what was being done in the investigation. Fuchs was a senior at San Ramon Valley High School.
The arrest helps, she said, but doesn't answer all the questions she has about her boyfriend's murder. "I want to know how it happened, I want to know why it happened."
Wszolek and her mother, Grace, spoke with reporters about the slain teenager. "He just had such a good heart," Grace Wszolek said. "He trusted people too much. He was just such a good boy."
Paulina told reporters she believes she knows the suspect in custody as someone Rylan had spoken of at times. She said that he did not describe the shooter as an enemy. "He really didn't say much about him, just telling me not to worry, that he's a good guy."
Paulina said one of the nagging questions she has is who else was involved in the shooting. "I don't see a 15-year-old doing that. I just don't."
Both women said they also had a hard time believing that the shooting was drug related. "I am very surprised," Grace stated.
"I don't know what he did with his friends, but he never did them with me," said Paulina. "He was a good kid."
Tearing up several times during the press conference, Paulina said she hopes that the person who shot Rylan Fuchs goes to jail.
"Nothing's going to bring Rylan back, but I hope he goes away for a very long time and he thinks about what he did every night."