Thursday, March 3, 2011

Skinhead Leader, David Lynch, Found Shot to Death

Skinhead Leader, David Lynch, Found Shot to Death

Lynch is a well-known skinhead leader and founder of the group "American Front"

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SACRAMENTO -- A man found shot to death inside a Citrus Heights house has been identified as David Lynch, a well-known skinhead leader and founder of the group "American Front."

"We've had that confirmed by sources who know absolutely in the law enforcement world, Lynch is already being mourned in many white supremacist sites," says Mark Potok, Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama, a non-profit organization that campaigns against racism.

"Lynch basically was a very bright, very drug-addicted, and sometimes extremely violent racist skinhead leader," says Potok.

Police got a 911 call about 4 a.m. from a woman inside the house on Merlindale Drive.

Officers found the the body of a 40-year-old man in the bedroom. A 33-year-old woman in the hallway was shot in the leg.

Lynch gained notoriety from the infamous chair-throwing incident on Geraldo Rivera's show back in 1988.

He was also involved with the Sacto Skins, a Sacramento-based racist skinhead group with a history of violence, as well as the Sacramento chapter of the neo-Nazi National Alliance.

As far as a motive for the killing...

"There has been a lot of internal battles within the racist skinhead world over the last few years. But we know nothing about the cause or motive of this apparent murder," says Potok.

Police would not answer any questions about the woman who was found wounded inside this house, nor would they speculate on a motive.

Neighbors and those who knew Lynch's teenage daughter were shocked by the killing.

"Her dad was pretty cool. He was really nice. And they seemed pretty normal to me," says Jared Landberg, who is friend's with the daughter.

Wednesday afternoon police took a man into custody, but they aren't calling him a suspect.

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