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* Joan Rosenthal, 75, At 647 Hilary Drive Identified As Tiburon’s Fourth Homicde Since 1970

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Tiburon Mayor Alice Fredericks said that the woman found slain in front of her Tiburon home this morning was “a wonderful member of the community.”Joan Rosenthal, 75, who was found shot to death just outside the front door of her home at 647 Hilary Drive around 9:40 a.m., is the first homicide victim in the quiet community in a decade and just the fourth since 1970, said San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher, who is assisting Tiburon police.A friend of Rosenthal called 911 this morning saying she had found Rosenthal lying in an enclosed patio in front of the house, Rohrbacher said. Emergency personnel responded and determined that Rosenthal had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Rohrbacher said.Authorities are investigating the death as a homicide. No suspects have been arrested.Rosenthal co-led a contemporary fiction book group with Fredericks since 1997.”That was just a great group,” Fredericks said this afternoon, adding that Rosenthal was key to the group’s success. “She put a lot of effort into making it a cohesive group.”Rosenthal’s husband, Kenneth Rosenthal, had passed away in January after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a published obituary. The couple had met in San Francisco in 1959 and were married for 48 years. Police and residents said they were shocked to hear a murder had occurred in their community.”We don’t have violent crime in Tiburon,” Tiburon police Sgt. Shane Ford said. He said about 8,500 residents live in Tiburon.A neighbor of Rosenthal, who did not want to be identified, said that he has lived on Hilary Drive for four years but did not know Rosenthal. “There is no crime here,” he said. “It’s really a very shocking piece of news.”Another neighbor said he has lived on Hilary Drive since the 1970s and called the area safe. “It’s a very stable block. Everybody knows everybody, even though we don’t socialize that much,” he said.Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the Marin County Sheriff’s Department at (415) 499-7265. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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