Apparent victim of suicide on RPV beach is ID'd

There are 20 comments on the Oct 31, 2008, Daily Breeze story titled Apparent victim of suicide on RPV beach is ID'd. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

A man found dead of an apparent suicide on a Rancho Palos Verdes beach has been identified as a San Pedro man.

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Randy

San Pedro, CA

#1 Nov 1, 2008
I miss you Rich . See you one day one the other side.
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Simi Valley, CA

#2 Nov 1, 2008
How sad........I wonder why he chose to end his life. Hey South Bay residents, this is a tough time for a lot of people. Please take some time and visit friends and family.
Steve

Acton, CA

#4 Nov 1, 2008
....myself OR someone you care about......
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Waipahu, HI

#5 Nov 1, 2008
Why hasn't the LAPD commented on this great officers death. He was one of there own. There has been no mention anywhere from the LAPD. I know that he did not die in the line of duty but should his accomplishments be swept under the rug. I am asking someone in the media to find out why the LAPD is so quite.
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San Pedro, CA

#6 Nov 2, 2008
Rich was the best cop the ever walked the streets of L.A. Hey chief, Get off your ass and say something to the media, we all know what type of cop he was. Do you?
they did comment

Santa Monica, CA

#7 Nov 2, 2008
Herman

Huntington Beach, CA

#8 Nov 7, 2008
Rich Mathias was one of LAPD's best. A hard working, courageous and tough cop. However, for me, Rich's strength resided in his love for dogs...Especially the "Bully Breeds!" Rich, from the humans and dogs who had the good fortune to know you...We will dearly miss you my friend!! Please take care of all those dogs in heaven!!
Debbi

United States

#9 Nov 9, 2008
I still expect you to walk in and order your Americano, make me laugh, greet a friend, smoke a cigar,pet a dog, and be the warm, loving person we all knew, admired,and miss. Save a seat for me.

“Muzicmistress is rockin' out!”

Since: Nov 08

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#10 Nov 10, 2008
More Questions wrote:
Why hasn't the LAPD commented on this great officers death. He was one of there own. There has been no mention anywhere from the LAPD. I know that he did not die in the line of duty but should his accomplishments be swept under the rug. I am asking someone in the media to find out why the LAPD is so quite.
Not only the LAPD has been quiet but the media in general has been quiet. I live in San Pedro and I can be the first to tell you that WE never spread news in our town when it is negative, I can't tell you why though...Wish I knew! I can't tell you how many crime stories come through that the newspapers do not report on, police do not report on...That's why TOPIX is so great, I guess we can report on stuff here ourselves! He will be missed and it was such an unfortunate situation.
Randy

San Pedro, CA

#11 Nov 14, 2008
We still patrol your house. We take care of our own. And we don't forget our own. Keep an eye on us from up there.

“Muzicmistress is rockin' out!”

Since: Nov 08

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#12 Nov 14, 2008
you got it baby :) And...THANKS!
Sad

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#13 Nov 15, 2008
Rich,

I'm so sorry that you felt this was the only answer. You were always there for your friends. I wish you could have turned to us in your time of need. We miss you terribly.
Carmen

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#14 Nov 15, 2008
So sad.
Jon

Poulsbo, WA

#15 Nov 26, 2008
While I didn't know Rich personally, I had a connection with him and was very upset to find out the news today. By all that I have found or have been given he was a fine, upstanding man who was well-loved by his friends, family and co-workers. I'm sad I won't get a chance to meet him.
Mazaratie

United States

#16 Jun 4, 2009
No matter how much times goes by I still miss you. It still hurt to think your gone. I stop by the station from time to time thinking I'm going to pay you a visit see you smile. Miss you my friend. You have no idea how much you were and are loved. How you impacted the lives of those around you. Thank you for giving me strength when I needed it. Telling me to not give up. Understanding where I came from cause you came from there too. I just wish I could have been that strong for you when you needed it. I love you Rich. I'll see you when I get to the other side. Till then keep watchin out for you trainees.
vesna

United States

#17 Jun 13, 2009
I had a great chance to get to know officer rich mathias he was best cop lapd could ever have, he had a big heart ,he was a loving and a caring man my heart was crashed when I heard about his death my heart is still crashed and it will be forever I cry every day for him my life will never be the same with out him in it , knowing that I will never be able to talk to him, hold him, hug him, kiss him but I will never stop loving him .I have a picture of him by my bed that I kiss every day for those who didn't know him he had a lots of pain in his heart never thought he would take his own life but he did. Baby I will miss you for ever , I will never stop loving .God bless your soul
vess4

United States

#18 Jun 15, 2009
to his wife it would be nice that you take a flowers to his site where he took his last breath don't be so cold hearted
Pedro Dawg

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#19 Jul 20, 2009
To vess4, you obviously don't know Rich very well....you should ask his girlfriend to take flowers to his site. His wife already has and continues to frequently visit there. Pull your head out
vess4

United States

#20 Jul 22, 2009
to"Pedro Dawg yes I did know rich very well thank you if his wife took care of him he wouldn't had a girlfriend I knew rich better than his wife
Heartbroken

Anaheim, CA

#21 Jul 22, 2009
Rich didn't have a girlfriend, he had a fiance. Who by the way, loved him more than life itself. I think that he would be sad to know that people are writing such mean things to one another on this post. He was such a kind, giving person and would have wanted people to remember as such. Please be kind to one another and pray that he has found the peace that he so desperately deserved in his life.

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