Family Of Drowned Walnut Creek Teen Burglarized During Memorial

WALNUT CREEK (CBS 5 / KCBS) – A Walnut Creek family already dealing with the death of their teenage son from a rafting accident returned home from the burial service Thursday to find their home burglarized.

On Thursday, the Miller Family was at a ceremony honoring their 16-year-old son Matthew, who died along with his friend 17-year-old Gavin Powell last Saturday. The two tried to raft down a rain swollen waterway near Murwood Elementary School in Walnut Creek.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

Matthew’s mother Julie Miller said that they returned from the service around 1 p.m. to find that their front door had been forced open, and their home ransacked.

”We’ve had so much love and support from this community, and we have been heartened by it,” said Miller. “But I guess there’s just some bad people that will take advantage of other people’s hard times.”

Walnut Creek Police Lieutenant Mark Covington said it’s a classic case of a crime of opportunity.

”It amazes me that people will do things like that, because for me there is no lower form of life than somebody that would capitalize on somebody’s tragedy,” Covington said.

Police continued to interview neighbors, and follow up on all leads, but had not yet made any arrests.

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  • Judith

    Horrible!!! This is just so upsetting!! How low can people go. This is really disgusting.

  • Michelle

    When our daughter died I had a bad feeling and hired our maid to stay here, preparing for the group that would come in after her funeral. I did this for obvious reasons but also because I felt that some evil people would take advantage of us, at our lowest, most vulnerable point. I am SO SAD TO SAY THAT I WAS CORRECT. My heart goes out to these families that lost the best things about them. I know, too well, what you are going through. I am so sorry that it has been compounded by people that should be shot on sight. You have my deepest condolences.

    • tn

      Michelle- you CAPITALIZED the wrong statement. I think the part about your “heart going out to these families….” should be more important than being “so sad that you were correct.” Just saying.

      • mscott

        very spot on comment. So sad how many pathetic people lie and put themselves in a story. I feel horrible for the family in this story, can’t imagine what they are going through. (didn’t even need to lie to say it)

  • Anita

    May God be with your family at your time of need. You are in our prayers.

  • Steve

    They are no better than looters during a natural disaster. Find the criminals, kill them, and deport their families.

  • Louise

    Its such a shame that certain people feed on people’s grief. It reminds me of the family that lost their life on Hwy. 37 several years ago coming back from a vacattion, and thievies were breaking into their house when the media was reporting on their horrible deaths. We may need to reconsider what personal information is publicized in stories of these nature. My heart goes out to the families who lost their sons.

  • JaneQPublic

    I am so sorry this happened to you – both for the loss of your son and the crime afterwards.

  • Al

    Thats not right. I believe in Karma and they will get theirs soon enough.

  • Stuart

    even if the cops caught them, nothing would happen, they just arrest and release after a few days in jail…revolving door justice…

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