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* Rick DeVecchi Murder in Berkeley Still Unsolved

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Berkeley police are asking for the public’s help in finding the man responsible for a vicious unsolved murder that happened 12 years ago today. At about 7:15 a.m. on Dec. 17, 1998, San Lorenzo resident Rick DeVecchi noticed a man prowling around the bed of his truck. The truck was parked in the 1900 block of Second Street in West Berkeley, in front of his family’s trucking company, police said. When DeVecchi stepped into the street to investigate, the prowler intentionally ran him down with his car, police said. DeVecchi was critically injured and died at the hospital.

DeVecchi, who was 37, is survived by his wife of 15 years and two children. The suspect was described as a black man, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 185 pounds. The suspect was driving a late model 1970s or 1980s white- or  tan-colored Cadillac with a dark landau top and a California license plate. The car sped west on Hearst Avenue and north on Eastshore Highway toward Gilman Street after hitting DeVecchi.

The case remains unsolved despite being advertised on fliers and billboards. It was featured on Fugitive Watch several times. DeVecchi’s legacy continues to help others, his brother RandyDeVecchi said in a statement.

Donations in Rick DeVecchi’s name have been made throughout the Bay Area to organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society and Guide Dogs for the Blind The largest contributions are typically made in May during the annual Arroyo Car Show, which is held in memory of Rick DeVecchi. The classic and custom car show is held at DeVecchi’s alma mater, Arroyo High School, and raises money for high school sports. Nearly $19,000 was raised last year.

Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you know the names of these men or have any information that can help solve this crime.

Por favor llame la línea de Los Fugitivos en 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) o texto en 408-355-0999 o haga clic aquí para enviar un email a [email protected], si usted tiene alguna información que pueda ayudar a resolver este crimen.

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