The political community in Washington D.C. is in mourning today after a top staffer at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was shot dead early Sunday morning.
According to The Political Insider, 27 year-old Seth Conrad Rich was shot several times around 4:20 am on a residential street a block from his home in D.C.’s neighborhood of Bloomingdale. Though he was alert and conscious when police arrived, he died several hours later at the hospital.
“He wanted to make a difference,” said his father Joel I. Rich. “Politics was in his blood.”
The younger Rich had previously worked on a computer database that aimed to help voters identify and map their individual polling locations. In his free time, Rich enjoyed at the humane society taking care of dogs.
Police said they have no suspects or motive at this time. There were no witnesses to the murder, and officers are currently trying to figure out if any part of the crime was caught on surveillance video. Acting D.C. Police Capt. Anthony Haythe asked for anyone that has any information on this case to please come forward.
“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,” said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “He saw the great potential of our nation and believed that, together, we can make the world a better place.”
We will update you further as this story develops.