Police say man died after just one punch

Police say man died after just one punch

There are 105 comments on the The Plain Dealer story from Mar 27, 2008, titled Police say man died after just one punch. In it, The Plain Dealer reports that:

“He was a good person, a quiet person. I just want him to come back. He isn't coming back, is he?”

Lakewood- Derrick Dykas threw one punch at Matthew Hockey. It was enough to kill him, authorities say. via The Plain Dealer

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Right Time

San Francisco, CA

#1 Mar 27, 2008
Hockey's own dad said he mmoved to his apartment because he wanted to live close to the bars. Hockey also has a distinct past of binge drinking every weekend. I can't say anything negative about the Dykas kid just yet. Sounds as if Hockey may have started this fight.

Houghton, MI

#2 Mar 27, 2008
They have video from inside the bar showing Hockey approaching the table Dykas was at and taunting him for wearing Pistons gear.

An interesting twist to say the least.

United States

#3 Mar 27, 2008
Right Time wrote:
Hockey's own dad said he mmoved to his apartment because he wanted to live close to the bars. Hockey also has a distinct past of binge drinking every weekend. I can't say anything negative about the Dykas kid just yet. Sounds as if Hockey may have started this fight.
Wow. Every site that gives the ability to leave comments has arguments like this...
Dykas hit Hockey, and Hockey died. It was ruled a homicide by the County Coroner’s Office. The fight started and ended with one punch. "I was provoked into assaulting him..." will not hold up in court.
Both parties were drinking... whether or not Matt was a "binge drinker" is irrelevant and the supposed comment by his father is purely subjective. He was attacked and died.
It's in the court's hands now. Pray for all parties involved... including Matt's 8 year old son.

Lakewood, OH

#4 Mar 27, 2008
What does a past of binge drinking have to do with anything? He got off work late and only had a few drinks.
Where does it sound like Hockey started the fight? Are we to believe that Hockey started the fight and then stood there waiting for the murderer's sucker punch to be landed so he could then begin to fight back?

Little Rock, AR

#6 Mar 27, 2008
Ive known derrick for 15 years and this kid is not a violent murderer....sounds like hockey picked a fight and the end result sucked for everybody. accidents happen derrick would never do this on purpose. he is a all around good kid with no past criminal record. thats probobly more than a lot of you can say. you ppl have no idea what your talking about. fucking idiots

Little Rock, AR

#7 Mar 28, 2008
I am Derricks brother and i want to let people know it was not his fault i have talked with him andi know what happend i first want to say to Matt Hockey's family me and my whole family and ESPECIALLY Derrick are sorry for what happend but it was all and accident. Derrick and his friends were out drinking after work and some of them were wearing detroit shirts or hats and of course because of our rivalry matt and his friends started talking crap and yes derrick did reply back and not in a nice tone than matt and his friends proceded to leave then later derrick and his friends went to leave and Matt was waiting for them outside and continued to antagoinze them and my brother felt threatened and hit him once then left. It IS NOT Derricks fault that he died after hitting the ground with his head he was offered medical attention and rufused it. He also refused to press charges but then he died and now my brother is facing jail time for and accident that shouoldnt have happend in the first place.

United States

#8 Mar 28, 2008
i've known dykas since high school, and he's a great guy. he's also someone i've never known to pick a fight. it's terrible circumstances, but i can say with certainty, this wasn't a "sucker punch" something would have had to escalate for him to just punch the kid. and he surely wouldn't have done it with the intention killing someone mortal kombat style. seriously people, put yourself in his shoes. how many times have you been in a bar fight? shit happens, accidents happen, it's sad, but it wasn't malicious. he has to live with this forever, and i know it's tearing him up. wait to hear the facts before you cast the stones, otherwise your just throwing a verbal "sucker punch"....haters.

Bradenton, FL

#9 Mar 28, 2008
I think everyone, family members and friends, need to remember there are three sides to every story-Matt's side, Derrick's side and the truth. Unless you were there, you don't know what happened. There were witnesses and their truths will be heard soon enough. The term "sucker punch" was used by the investigating police officer-not Matt's family, or Derrick. And it IS Derrick's fault Matt died after hitting the ground. Derrick made him hit the ground.

Houghton, MI

#10 Mar 28, 2008
Terrible Terrible....but Derrick is NOT a bad person. Anyone who has known him long enough knows he is a great person.

Rocky River, OH

#11 Mar 28, 2008
Just a few comments. One I udnerstand Derrick's brother, but comeone do you think that Matt wanted his head to hit the ground? It was a direct result from YOUR BROTHER.
None of us were there to witness the events that unfolded that evening. This is a sad time for not only Hockey's family and friends, but Derrick's as well.
I have known Hockey for many years now and have never witnessed an agressive side to him at ANY time. Only Derrick know's his intentions that evening and I hope he can love with that...
As a friend of Hockey I do know one thing, He was taken from US WAY to EARLY. Matt had much to give to this world and we will miss him dearly.

Waterford, MI

#12 Mar 28, 2008
Derrick is one of the nicest down to earth guys I have ever met. He has always greeted me with kindness and nice words. I have seen him drunk and he is STILL a nice person. He DOES not hit people out of no where.

Waterford, MI

#13 Mar 28, 2008
Matt refused med attention and charges, now after that being said, His death is a direct result in his own stupidity for not getting looked at/ being belligerant


#14 Mar 29, 2008
the quote of matt's father was taken out of contents. consider the sources people. reporters are blood hounds. Derrick deserves what is coming to him. A very special and kind man's life was loss over a michigan thug coming to our city. Leave those actions in Michigan.


#15 Mar 29, 2008
Fry him!

Cleveland, OH

#16 Mar 29, 2008
Ypsi,.... What a ignorant comment. Matt's death is a direct result from the hit he took. The circumstances do not matter. Maybe all of you morons that have no coping skills and continue to feel you need to hit something or someone to prove your manliness will learn something. I think Derrick should go to prison. He killed a man.


#17 Mar 29, 2008


#18 Mar 29, 2008
To all of you who claim to know what happened, saying that Hockey was 'sucker punched', how do you know that he didn't fall up the stairs on his way home or hit his head on the bedpost? It was a result of bad decisions on both sides. Don't throw stones lest you get hit by one yourself!


#19 Mar 29, 2008
3will... can you say eyewitnesses who have absolutely NO connection and/or relationship to either Matt or derrick? How about the surveillance camera showing the cowardly actions by derrick? caught on tape. Hmmmmmmm. Gotta pay for his actions.. I will be following this one closely. Cant wait until his sentencing!


#20 Mar 29, 2008
Dykas... I hope your friend rots! He is an arrogant michigan wannabe...Can't wait until his sentencing. He is a MURDERER!!!

Apo, AP

#21 Mar 29, 2008
sky, pretty much the most heartless words i have ever seen written. Have you seen the surveillance camera footage? If not, shut up. You know nothing more than anyone else. And as far as Dykas being an arrogant Michigan wannabe,.... isnt he from Michigan? Dummys like you should have your posting rights revoked. Idiot! Derrick is my friend and i know he would never do such a thing on purpose. Its sad all the way around, but like someone said before, shit happens. and get over yourself skyway.

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