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Democratic National Committee staffer found shot to death one block from D.C. home

July 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Democratic National Committee staffer found shot to death one block from D.C. home

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Washington D.C. Police officials say an employee with the Democratic National Committee was discovered shot to death early Sunday just one block from his home.

According to the Washington Post, 27-year-old Seth Conrad Rich was fatally shot multiple times in Washington D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood.

Police officials said Investigators have no witnesses, have not discerned a motive or have not identified any suspects in the killing of the DNC staffer and indicated no evidence suggests  the attack was motivated by robbery. However, investigators haven’t entirely ruled it out as a possibility.

Officers used the ShotSpotter system to respond to reports of gunfire on Sunday around 4:20 a.m. and discovered Rich, who was immediately rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Neighborhood residents where Rich shared a townhouse with several roommates were dismayed at the news of his death. “No one wants to be able to feel they can’t go home at night, “Nobody wants to hear that someone was murdered blocks from their home,” Teri Janine Quinn, head of the Bloomingdale Civic Association, told the Washington Post.

Joel Rich, the victim’s father, told the Post that police investigators suggested the attack could have resulted from a botched robbery attempt. Although no items were reported stolen from the victim, Rich believes his son had engaged his assailants before his slaying.

The Bloomingdale neighborhood, located northwest on the outskirts of downtown D.C. near Howard University had 20 armed robberies reported in 2016, which is twice the number that had occurred last year.

Members of the DNC, where Rich worked helping voters identify and locate polling locations, expressed sadness at the news of his murder.

“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,” DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Shultz said in a statement.

Donna Brazil, the head of former Vice President Al Gore’s Presidential campaign said on Twitter: Remember his name and add him to the rolls of justice. #SethConradRich. He lived to make a difference. He believed in voting rights.

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