Police say man died after just one punch

Mar 27, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Plain Dealer

“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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DooDoo

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#22
Mar 29, 2008
 
so disapointing ...lets try and be somewhat mature about this whole thing. the last thing we need is for this blog to turn into a place for everyone to bash on each other. my brother in laws mom talked with derricks mom yesterdsy and theres so much stuff that any of you people dont know about....like hockey might have had ppl over to his place saturday and they are stil waiting on test results from the autopsy not to mention a few other things im not gonna leak right now. this thing is far from over. 3will you made a good point by saying what you said about how do we know he didnt hit his head on the way up his apt satirs or on his bed post?? the answer to that is we dont!!! thats why im sure that will be a huge argument by the defense come trial time if it makes it that far. Derrick if your reading this garbage dont let it get to you, a lot of these ppl are just angry and not seeing the big picture. remember ppl love to talk. one
SunPipe77

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#23
Mar 30, 2008
 
Yea we'ill have fried eggs after arrainment because he will walk
skyway

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#24
Mar 30, 2008
 
bro..you will get to visit your friend in prison....Matt's SON, FAMILY and friends will NEVER get to see him again. Period.
teresa hockey

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#25
Mar 30, 2008
 
im am his cuz Teresa Hockey and Derrick should go to jail u can just go up a hit someone. no matter what . if u want to to talk more email at teresajacobstamperhelenameagan @yahoo.com
howellguy wrote:
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.
teresa hockey

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#26
Mar 30, 2008
 
RIP Matt
ur cuz,
teresa hockey
skyway

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#27
Mar 30, 2008
 
teresa...my thoughts and prayers are with you! Justice will be served.
diggs570

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#28
Mar 30, 2008
 
I will never again get to hear my friend's laugh, see him smile, or enjoy his company ever again. That's the reality.
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#29
Mar 30, 2008
 
skyway shut up! u dont know shit how would u feal if somebody u were close to was facing muder charges because he hit someone in self deffence and they died. I know for a fact that derrick is sorry and the weight on his sholders is punshment enough and he shoulent got to jail he probly will never drink again. its not his fault matt refused medical help if he didn't he would still be here and evrething would be ok.if u havent noticed nobody from michigan said anthing bad about him so why are u bashing my bro!
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Mar 31, 2008
 

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Wow. derrick will never drink again? What a sacrifice. Self defense? From what? Being heckled for wearing Pistons gear? That sounds really scary. People that have a concussion become confused and temporarily incapacitated.. in other words, unable to make a decision regarding medical attention or anything else at the time. Yes. This entire evening was terrible. I'm sure three was never an intent to kill but, there was intent to harm. But it's not about blame, it's about responsibility.
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#31
Mar 31, 2008
 
I agree with you that there is always 3 sides to every story. No one knows what happened except fror the people involved. Its a tradegy that Matthew died. This could have been avoided on a number of different levels. Now a son is left without his father.
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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.
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#32
Mar 31, 2008
 
Duck!
Brunswick Oh

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#33
Mar 31, 2008
 
Unfortunatley I lost my brother not even a year ago, and Matt was one of my brothers best friend. Matt was a great guy and was loved by everybody who met him. We all can say that we drink, who's to judge anyone on when and how much they drink, Matt couldn't hurt a fly, I don't care who started it when are people going to grow up and walk away because of the actions Friday night we lost a dear friend. I hope Dykas gets whats coming to him because if anybody remembers the coroner said Matt died because a head injury. So think about that. R.I.P. Matt
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I would NEVER associate myself with individuals who had it in them to committ murder first of all. And the comment that "derrick will never drink again". What a sacrafice the kid is making. pathetic. RIP Matthew. Alot of people will make sure justice is served. Matt's wake and funeral were the saddest I've ever been to in my life. Heart wrenching.
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#35
Apr 1, 2008
 
Skyway...you're a freak. It is obvious that everyone has their opinions, and that people have taken sides. Let me just say that people like Skyway are the type that makes me sick. Your writings are mis-spelled and you look like the idiot that you probably are. As I feel for Mr. Hockey, I also feel for Mr. Dykas. Not too often does one hear of a bar fight that makes any sense. Alcohol caused this fight. People say things that make others mad, but when alcohol is involved all bets are off. Skyway...I suggest that you stop posting on this site because if you are a "friend" of the family, you are certainly not helping their cause.
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#36
Apr 1, 2008
 
skyway wrote:
Dykas... I hope your friend rots! He is an arrogant michigan wannabe...Can't wait until his sentencing. He is a MURDERER!!!
how CAN YO JUDGE OH AND THERE ARE NO CAMRAS AT MALLOYS YOU DUMB PUNK
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DERICK HAS WORKED WITH ME FOR A WILE NOW AND HAS NO PAST HISTORY .YOU PEOPLE ARE QUICK TO JUDGE HIM AND SAY HE SHOULD FRY .? GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT HE WONT DO ANY TIME FOR THE SIMPLE FACT THAT HE WAS PROVOKED BY AN A$$ HOLE OB=VER A BAKEETBALL TEAM YEA TWO GUYS GOT IN HIS FACE AND LET ME TELL YOU I WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING (DERRICK RULZ ) YOU GOT SUPPORT IN CLE
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"The Journal of Studies on Alcohol defines binge drinking as an extended period, typically at least two days, during which time a person repeatedly becomes intoxicated and gives up usual activities and obligations in order to be intoxicated." There is the definition of binge drinking. Hockey only drank on weekend which is not more than two days. He was one of the most responsible people I knew, he never forwent his reponsibilities to get drunk. That night he only had 3 drinks and did not approach derrick, there are no cameras in that bar. Much of what happened has been taken out of contex by the press. He was sucker punched wich is very cowardly and he walked away from the confrontation with dykas earlier in the night wich was started by dykas. You need to get your stories straight none of you were there, I was. Now he must pay for his cowardly act, I am sure this was not his intention and is very sorry but now he has to pay the piper.
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#39
Apr 2, 2008
 
Don't be so sure of yourself Msaw
upsolie

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#40
Apr 2, 2008
 
I worked with matt for 6 years and he was reserved, unconfrontational, and always seemed to be in a good mood. And im sure alot of you could say the same for dykas. Speculateing about prior records and who was drinking and how much has nothing to do with the price of tea in China(By the way hockey worked 5:20p.m.-around 11:00p.m. So if he left at 11:00 got to house 11:20, and whether he took a shower or not, that leaves him 2:00 hours of drinking. And 2:00 hours of drinking isn't that long at all for a so-called binge drinker.) From the report Its probably safe to say matt did say stuff to antagonize Dykas. But the facts are matt did NOT make physical contact with dykas. dykas assaulted matt causeing a concussion and skull fracture leading to DEATH. Dykas could have just walked away but he choose to physical assault instead of talking back. You guys act like you know what happened, but you dont1!
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#41
Apr 3, 2008
 
I find it hard to believe anyone who says that Hockey walked away from it seeing as how he was waiting outside for Dykas and his friends to leave. Walking away only counts if it actually involves leaving.

But that's beside the point - this was an accident and an unfortunate situation for all parties involved. It was fueled by ridiculous egos and even more ridiculous rivalries that really mean nothing. Hopefully this will serve as a lesson to everyone affected to choose their words and their actions more carefully.

As for anyone "frying" over this, I'm pretty sure they don't "fry" people for accidents and I'm also pretty sure the police don't let dangerous murderers leave the state so clearly they don't feel like he's got any chance of "frying" either.

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