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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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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