A top staffer at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was fatally shot in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Seth Conrad Rich was shot several times a block from his home in D.C.’s neighborhood of Bloomingdale.
It happened at 4:20 a.m. on a residential street near a convenience store. He died a few hours later at the local hospital. He was 27 years old:
“He wanted to make a difference,” said the victim’s father, Joel I. Rich, 68, in a phone interview from his home in Omaha, Neb. “Politics was in his blood.”
The younger Rich had worked on computer database to help voters identify and map their individual polling locations. In his spare time, he volunteered at the humane society taking care of dogs.
Acting D.C. Police Capt. Anthony Haythe, head of the homicide unit, said detectives have no suspects and are looking into all possible motives. He said there were no witnesses and police are trying to determine if any part of the crime was caught on surveillance video. Haythe pleaded for anyone with information to come forward.
Rich was the voter expansion data director, and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued this statement:
“Our hearts are broken with the loss of one of our DNC family members over the weekend. Seth Rich was a dedicated, selfless public servant who worked tirelessly to protect the most sacred right we share as Americans – the right to vote,” she said. “He saw the great potential of our nation and believed that, together, we can make the world a better place.”
H/T: Washington Post
Here are some recent photos from his Facebook page:
Washington, D.C. has the strictest gun laws in America. Let us pray for Rich’s family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.