Pacifica Police Chief Calls Homicide an 'Isolated Act of Violence'

Police name suspect in death of a 24-year-old male during an altercation on Wednesday in Pacifica.

Pacifica Police Chief Jim Tasa held a press conference today at 1:15 p.m. regarding the investigation of a homicide that occurred Wednesday on Dell Road in Pacifica.

Wednesday at 5:15 a.m., officers were called to a residence on Dell Road and located an unconscious male on the ground in front of the house who was determined to be deceased.

He was later identified as Pacifica resident Keith Coffey, 24.

During the initial investigation, investigators of the Pacifica Police Department identified Marc Anthony Furlan as a suspect and subsequently arrested him on suspicion of murder.

“Initial investigation leads us to believe that Furlan and Coffey were acquaintances and the death was the result of some type of altercation between them,” said Tasa.

Furlan, a 24-year old male and resident of Pacifica, was booked into the San Mateo County Jail.

“This incident is an isolated act of violence,” said Tasa in a press statement. "The most recent homicide in Pacifica, previous to this incident, occurred approximately 13 years ago in 2000.”

Tasa adds that Pacifica is “a safe community to live in and is not a community where violent crime occurs on a regular basis. The Pacifica Police Department works diligently, on a daily basis, to insure that the community is a safe place for its residents and visitors.”

Investigators of the police department are continuing their investigation of this tragedy in an attempt to determine exactly what occurred.

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation should contact the Pacifica Police Department at (650) 738-7314.


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chris October 19, 2012 at 02:11 AM
What a typical Ahole thing to say@pacifica teacher,presumptuous and irresponsible of you to say. Kinda like if I said, if you teachers did your job instead of going on strike all the time maybe those kids would be in college instead of jail and a casket. Kinda disturbing that someone we as a community trust to teach these young people would say something so hollow and insensitive@pacificateacher ill think twice next time I support your next strike. R.I.P kid. didn't know u but I'm a father as well concerned neighbor.
respect October 19, 2012 at 02:31 AM
@pacificateacher: what a very insensitive comment to make considering people who's lives have been ripped apart over this tragedy may come across your comment at a time where they've had less than 48 hours to deal with their loss. aunts, uncles, parents and friends. you should remove it.
KWarner October 19, 2012 at 02:54 AM
I am an educator and Keith and his siblings attended my school. This family is shattered and should only receive support, kindness and sympathy. Why is that folks seem to think every situation deserves their negative opinions? Perhaps intolerance of other opinions, beliefs, off the cuff comments...? Our country seems to have evolved into violence as a first response-no impulse control or even common sense! We teach our children to "use your words not your hands" and yet they see it not working for adults every day. Keith was a beloved son, brother,grandson, cousin, friend, and student to many in this community. He deserved a long and happy life...may he rest in peace and in our hearts. KWarner
MM October 19, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Yesterday the world lost a “kindhearted, easygoing, independent, thoughtful, heavy metal” young man, KEITH. A horrific, senseless act of violence, taking place in our close-knit community of Pacifica. A mixture of anger and violation has emerged for the disregard of human life. Friends & family that love and miss him the most have posted memories of times spent with a seemingly goofy, fun to be around kind of guy. Some people have brought up Pacifica being a bad place to live because of this tragedy. I disagree wholeheartedly. This community is unique. If there is more than one suspect, I believe if there’s anywhere, Pacifica will not rest until they are all brought to justice. We are a strong community that will persevere. Supporting each other and allowing the forum to express feelings in a constructive way will help us cope. I wish more local resources would be advertised to help those grieving. Mental health and substance abuse is lacking in our towns education system. It’s up to the community to take charge of this VERY situation. While I did not know Keith personally, I did grow up here. I see the scars that will forever be worn by all those effected by his passing. RIP young man.
MM October 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM
My guess is you are not an educator. Karma will come to you by way of spreading this kind of antagonistic word. Freedom to express yourself is your right, but you need to watch how you are representing yourself. It's incomprehensible that you could read this story and have no ability to relate to the loss so many people are suffering from.
JackieChan October 19, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I agree with KWarner..@pacificateacher..you are very insensitive..and to be polite youre an asshole..RIP Kipper
Imonstrous October 19, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Sorry for your loss everybody - but you guys are jumping on PacificaTeacher a little too strongly. Yes - tragic and untimely. But... I see the point, it was most likely avoidable. Which, makes it even worse...
Mystery October 19, 2012 at 05:56 AM
What about Malik Freeman. He was shot in the BOV in 2002. He was only 19 when that happened.
Mystery October 19, 2012 at 06:02 AM
RIP Keith. Thank you for all your smiles. I'll miss having lunch with you the most. Things were suppose to get better. Although, you are with your mother now.
Linda Collins October 19, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Several comments have been made to pacificateacher but I see no comments by that name.
Bren October 19, 2012 at 10:24 AM
What did this pacificateacher person say?
Jessica coffey October 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
My brother Keith Ryan Coffey, 24, was the funniest, sweetest, kindhearted, loveable, brutally honest, metal loving HANDSOME LEGEND that is greatly missed. I LOVE YOU. Im so sorry your life was cut short, you didnt deserve this, and im going to make sure that piece and or pieces of pathetic get the fucking electric chair.
Butch Larroche October 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Jessica, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Keith but he and my son were friends. My son as everyone is very sad and angry. As I mentioned before in another post my son Mike said that Keith was everyone's friend. What a tribute to him and your family. Keep Keith in your hearts.
Butch Larroche October 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
She or he must have deleted their cowardess comment. If this person is a teacher it makes me angry that he/she foes not have more compassion.
Jo Tog October 19, 2012 at 03:39 PM
We are grieving for Keith and your family, Jessica. A great sadness is set upon us. We will help you make sure that Keith gets justice. God Bless Keith Coffey. RIP Keith, for you have touched all who knew you in a positive and happy way, you will be dearly missed and Pacifica will not be the same without you.
Mickey Ray Strom October 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Rest In Peace Kieth Coffey U will be dearly missed by your friends and family i hope tha person tht did this will suffer Respects to tha family of Kieth SON OF RAYMOND HOWARD STROM
Jeannine October 19, 2012 at 05:13 PM
So sad to die so young. My condolences to Jessica, the rest of the Coffey family and all who knew him.
JA October 19, 2012 at 06:17 PM
@mystery recently Malik's case got new info and the investigation continues
JA October 19, 2012 at 06:18 PM
What did pacificateacher say? No comment that I see
Anj October 19, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Hi Jessica I am friends with your aunt michelle in arizona I am truly sorry for your loss, we will keep you all in our hearts stay strong honey.
david broder October 20, 2012 at 12:15 AM
It is said that a man is fortunate to have one friend. The fact that Keith had so many friends, is a testament to a damn good man. Jessica our hearts are with you and your family. Keith's friends, the Broder's
JA October 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM
San Mateo times site has the charges up
JA October 20, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Stephanie Benoit October 20, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Jessica, we're very sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to the entire family. This is unbelievable.
jim jones October 21, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Dont no these people but they where probably smokin crystal in linda mar at 5 am like the rest of em
April-May October 23, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I had heard at one point that there were several people in the home and that Keith's "friends" ran off when things got out of hand.
NUNYA October 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM
The sad part about all of this is that Keith is not here to see all of this. People telling how much they loved him, all the stories and pictures that have been posted everywhere. He would have been amazed. It is a great loss and this town will never be the same. And yes there is negativity Karen W. If someone killed my child, I would spend every minute of everyday finding out who else was involved and torture each and everyone of them. If that negative enough for you?
KWarner October 24, 2012 at 03:29 AM
NUNYA Because pacificateacher removed the post you would not know that my comments were in response to the negativity of pacificateacher's comments. The Coffey family knows how I felt about Keith and the family. I am glad to be able to clarify my original post. Take care and direct those loving feelings to helping the family.
elizabeth davis October 24, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Jessica, I'm so sorry. It's been years but I am so sad to hear what has happened to Keith. My dad has been so upset by this tragedy, no family should ever experience something like this. You're dad has always been so wonderful to me and my family, and I have so many wonderful memories of you and your siblings. My greatest sympathies. Elizabeth Davis
Lenny McDermott October 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM
It is moving to see how many people loved this young man and the impact he had on the community.. It tells alot of his character to see how everyone in this town has come together and support one another in a time of need. His mission in life was to make everyone happy and smile and in return all we can do is stick together and peacefully, not the way he was taken from us. He obviously touched the heart of so many people. Not many people would have such an effect on a whole community. Its refreshing to see a whole town come together! As much as we all hate living in a little town where everyone know's everything about eachother; it goes to show in the end we are all just one big family always there for one another.


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