Police say man died after just one punch

There are 20 comments on the Mar 27, 2008, The Plain Dealer story 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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cleveland

Newburgh, IN

#42 Apr 3, 2008
If you come to cleveland and wear detroit or pittsburg gear you will be harassed...repeatedly... by everyone around you. If you chose to wear it, you are making the choice to try and provoke Cleveland sports fans if you cannot handle being harassed then DON'T WEAR IT!!!!! especially to the bars.
milesaway

AOL

#43 Apr 3, 2008
times a ticking. . . . .
detroit rox

AOL

#44 Apr 3, 2008
dykas was able to go back to Michigan because parents bailed him out. but money isn't gonna buy him out of prison. Cuyahoga County Court system doesnt work that way. Facts. Facts. Facts.
UMMM

Stow, OH

#45 Apr 3, 2008
I find it fascinating that there is only one person here so far that was actually there that night, but so many (they all seem to be from Mich) think they know more about what happened that night than What.

Amazing.

What - if it is you, I feel for you Man. I know how hard this has been on you. I saw you at the lunch but left you alone to be with your friends. I hope you are doing better now. Time will heal. Hockey was a great friend and I just cannot believe some of the lies people are spreading about him.
msaw

Cleveland, OH

#46 Apr 4, 2008
what are you going to do if 2 GOONS ARE IN YOUR FACE ????ANE YOU GOING TO FIGHT OR ARE YOU GOING TO RUN ?? WELL LET ME TELL YOU THIS I WILL HIT A PERSON IF IT IS 2 ON 1 THAT TELLS YOU WHAT KIND OF PUNK MATT AND HIS GOON FRIEND WER AND YEA DADS TELL IT HOW IT IS AND MOMS SUGAR COAT THINGS ALL MOMS DO SO I BELIEVE HIS DAD .AND THERE ARE NO CAMERAS IN MALLOYS I TALKED TOP THE OWNER SO THAT IS THAT ALL THE LIES AND ALL THE MAKE BELIEVE STUFF NEED TO STOP I FEEL BAD FOR BOTH BUT YOU DONT APPROCH SOME ONE WITH 2 PEOPLE AND TALK SHIT IN DERRICK STATE THERE IS A SELFDEFENCE LAW OHIO DONT HAVE ONE AND THE MOST THEY CAN CHARGE DERRICK WITH IS INVOLANTERY MANSLUGHTER AND PROBATION.
upsolie wrote:
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!
HMMM or UMMM

Bedford, OH

#47 Apr 4, 2008
dykas4LIFE wrote:
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!
Nobody from Michigan is saying anything bad about him? have you been reading anything that has been written here? Have you read what you wrote? What do you call it when people are trying to blame Hockey for his own death? What do you call it when people are trying to say Hockey was a binge drinker? What do you call it when they try to say that his binge drinking led to this? What do you call it when YOU claim Dykas was acting in self defense?

What do you call all of the lies that are being told about Hockey that are the exact opposite of what any police report or eyewitness accounts say?

We lost a loved one, but that isn't good enough for the Dykas apologists. They have to try to smear Hockey to make themselves feel better about what Dykas did that night.

Hockey did not die because he refused medical attention. Hockey did not die because he refused to press charges. Hockey did not die because he fell down on his way home. Hockey did not die because he was drinking. Hockey dies because Derrick Dykas punched him in the head.

How would you feel if a friend of yours was senselessly killed? Sorry, you get zero sympathy because your friend will be held accountable for his actions.
msaw

Cleveland, OH

#48 Apr 4, 2008
YOU ARE A PUNK WHERE DO YOU GET OFF SAYING THAT WE SHOULD TAKE U TO DETROIT AND DROP YOU OFF WARRING CAVES GEAR THAT JUST TELLS YOU HOW SIMPLE MINDED YOU PEOPLE ARE AND YEA 2 ON 1 REAL TUFF GUYS ARENT THEY ????HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED
cleveland wrote:
If you come to cleveland and wear detroit or pittsburg gear you will be harassed...repeatedly... by everyone around you. If you chose to wear it, you are making the choice to try and provoke Cleveland sports fans if you cannot handle being harassed then DON'T WEAR IT!!!!! especially to the bars.
Parma

United States

#49 Apr 4, 2008
First its terrible what happened to both of these men, two lives are lost and both families are changed for life!!! these actions can not be taken back... yes it was an accident but it just shows that things like this can happen.. it was not malicious he did not plan to kill him, it was out of anger and lapse of judgement... on the other hand because of this lapse of judgement and the events that occurred now an 8 year old boy has lost his father and will never truly get to know who he is and have a relationship with him... all of you people who continuously are saying fry him, are out of line, it was an accident there was no intent im sure he will suffer in his own way from his actions.. and those of you who say matt got what he deserved shame on you, a life was lost and many were ruined in the process... see both sides and realize the pain it has cost for both families...
HMMM or UMMM

Bedford, OH

#50 Apr 4, 2008
msaw...

You are a scumbag.

That is all.
detroit rox

AOL

#51 Apr 4, 2008
tick tick tick. Hope Derrick looks pretty in Orange! and loves his look in a JUMPSUIT!
Derrick_all_thew ay

Hartland, MI

#52 Apr 4, 2008
okayy im derricks cousin and i think all of you need to get a frickin grip on yourselves. how would you feel if this happened to you? you guys all think derrick is walking around proud or sumthing. im sure he regrets this a lot, so he dosnt need all you ignorant people bringing him down. if u wernt there then you cant say anything, or judge. and think about it when you fight some one do u have the intentions of killing them? most of the time no. its matts fault for not taking medical help when he needed it. and if he was supposedly "too hurt" to realize he needed it, then maybe if you guys are such good friends who ever was there that night should of insisted he went to the hospital. im not sayin its not derricks fault but, seriously think realistically. I feel bad for matts son and stuff but for all you people who are hating on derrick, he has to live with this for life. I think that is a pretty good punishment. not counting all the other ones he will deal with. I think the whole thing is dumb, and its sad that it took someones life..but its life.
UMMM or HMMM

Stow, OH

#53 Apr 4, 2008
Derrick_all_theway wrote:
its matts fault for not taking medical help when he needed it. and if he was supposedly "too hurt" to realize he needed it, then maybe if you guys are such good friends who ever was there that night should of insisted he went to the hospital. im not sayin its not derricks fault but, seriously think realistically.
Why don't you think realistically. It is Hockey's fault because he refused treatment for an injury he had no way of knowing he had? This is your idea of realistic thought?

If I had to take a guess, I would say the person who punched him in the head should be held responsible for what happened, not Hockeys friend.
DykasTheGreatest

Detroit, MI

#54 Apr 5, 2008
My name is Bert and I have known Derrick since 9th grade. I am 24. Derrick has a loving heart and great positive friends. He is not a killer. He is not even strong looking. He looks like a girl with duck lips. Onething I know is Derrick does not like people making him look dumb espescially in front of girls. And if this guy was antagonising Derrick, he had a ass kicking coming to him. Who wouldnt hit this guy? Making fun of someone you dont know for wearing clothes? He didnt deserve to die at all. But when you are trying to get someone to the point were they want to hit you you better be ready for the bull especially the HORNS. RIP Hockey. RIP Dykas. I love you man. FOR LIFE! DO WORK!
DykasTheGreatest

Detroit, MI

#55 Apr 5, 2008
Derrick is one of the best friends i have ever had een though he has donkey lips and is homosexual. LOL. Love Bert. RIP Hockey. Accidents happen.
cleveland xo Chick

United States

#56 Apr 5, 2008
derrick was sweet. so stop talking shit.maybe this will teach people a valuable lesson. and not rn your mouth to the wrong person.
cleveland xo Chick

United States

#57 Apr 5, 2008
maybe ppl should learn
AMC

Port Clinton, OH

#58 Apr 6, 2008
I can't believe people are sitting here talking about Matt's drinking habits. Assault is not a way to handle anything it is illegal for a reason, there is this thing called walking away being a bigger and better person. Grow up, an accident is when someone falls not when you deliberately hit someone. Yes, I am sure he didn't think he was going to kill him but everyone needs to understand that a mother lost her son, and a little boy will never get to know his daddy. That is the result of someone's decision to hit instead of being a man and walking away.
detroit rox

AOL

#59 Apr 7, 2008
AMC: Well said!
IRISH EYES

Port Clinton, OH

#60 Apr 15, 2008
I've read all of these comments on this page and really I must say, most of the comments that come from the defendent's side are very immature.

I didn't know the victim, and let's face it, neither did any of you. So, unless you would mind being slanderized after you have passed on, then please check it at the door.

Let's just say if it was the other way around? What if it was the defendent that was "sucker-punched" as the detective reported (and it's very easy to find police and coroner reports), and killed?

If you answered correctly, you, as an adult and as a American would want to see some consequences for his actions.

I'm not saying that the defendent isn't a nice guy or that the victim wasn't a nice guy either.
I've never met either man.
I'm just someone who would like to see justice served. The defendent probally didn't want to kill someone...but he did.

Unfortunatly, many lives changed that night. It's sad that a very young man such as the defendent life is forever changed, but the victim no longer has a life!

The defendent probally will not get murder, but he should at least get manslaughter. And as an American I would like to see that! Hopfully everyone who heard about this tragic story will think twice with how they behave in public.
Grady

Ypsilanti, MI

#61 Apr 15, 2008
Nobody should believe anything posted here. It is definately heresay by opinionated idiots. To say the comments by one side are immature and not reference the comments by the other is immature.
The responsible thing for all of you who posted here to do is shut your mouths and wait for this to go to trial. There is much more to this than the public knows, obviously, and to spew the filth many of you are is dispicable.
Grow up and Shut Up.

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