Statements Regarding the Death of Malcolm Harsch
Thank you very much for reaching out to the City of Victorville to voice your concerns regarding the tragic death of Malcolm Harsch. A thorough investigation into Malcolm's death is being conducted, and it's being given the highest priority. The manner and cause of death have not yet been determined. We join in the public's cry for answers, and we want to be as transparent as possible. For this reason, we are releasing as many details as can be shared at this time. Please see official statements from Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia and Public Information Officer Sue Jones enclosed below. Also enclosed is a link to additional information recently released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM VICTORVILLE MAYOR:
We take very seriously the concerns voiced by so many who fear that Malcolm’s death could be racially motivated, a hate crime, or a form of retaliation. As City Leaders, we share these concerns; and a thorough investigation is being conducted. Malcolm Harsch’s life matters to our City.
– Gloria Garcia, Mayor, City of Victorville
OFFICIAL STATEMENT VICTORVILLE PIO:
The City of Victorville joins the community in its calls for a complete and thorough investigation of Malcolm Harsch’s death. Tragically, Malcolm died on May 31.
Malcolm’s death continues to be investigated by the San Bernardino County Sherriff’s Department, and his manner of death has not yet been determined. The investigation into Malcolm’s death is being given the greatest level of priority by the Sherriff’s Department and the City of Victorville.
While it’s highly unusual for us to comment on an active investigation being conducted by the Sheriff’s Department, we feel Malcolm’s family and the many community members mourning his death deserve transparency and as much information as can be provided at this time. For this reason, we are releasing the following details:
On May 31 at 7:07 a.m., dispatch received a call for a reported suicide in a dirt lot between Circle Drive and Victor Street; and police and fire were dispatched to the scene. When our Victorville Fire crews arrived on the scene, they observed CPR being performed by bystanders. Our Fire Personnel took over and initiated advanced life support care protocol in an effort to restore Malcolm’s heart beat. After 20 minutes, resuscitation efforts were discontinued in accordance with established protocols. According to the bystanders, Malcolm was reported to have lived in a nearby homeless encampment.
We understand that additional details will be released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
We grieve for Malcolm’s family and extend our deepest condolences. We understand the gravity of this situation and the family’s desire for answers. We want the lines of communication to remain open with the family, particularly knowing that they live out of state.
We will be watching closely to see the results of the Sheriff’s Department investigation. When the investigation is complete, results of the investigation will be made public.
Malcolm Harsch’s life mattered.