A 27-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer has died after being shot multiple times in the back in Washington, D.C.
Seth Rich, director of voter expansion for the DNC, was gunned down on a quiet residential street at around 4:20 am on Sunday.
He was found conscious and breathing by police who had been patrolling the area and heard gunshots. Rich was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:57 am.
His death comes just two days after he shared a post on Facebook appealing for an end to gun violence.
He wrote on Friday: ‘I reiterate back to people stop hating each other. Too much pain to process. We have to be better and defend each other more true.
‘A life is exponentially valuable. I have family and friends on both sides of the law. Please, stop killing each other.’
His death comes after a spate of robberies in the neighborhood and DC police are now investigating if the murder is connected to those.
According to Fox 5, just an hour before the shooting there was a violent robbery in the 900 block on N Street, where police said three suspects pistol whipped, beat, kicked and robbed three people.
There were no witnesses to Rich’s shooting, police said.
The attack took place across the street from a convenience store on the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW, three blocks away from Howard University Hospital.
It was not far from where Rich lived in a brownstone with three or four roommates, according to the Washington Post.
One of his roommates told the Post that Rich was likely walking home from his girlfriend’s house at the time.
Describing himself on LinkedIn, Rich wrote: ‘I have an enormous interest in public service and working towards making the world a better place.’
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement on Monday morning: ‘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.
‘He saw the great potential of our nation and believed that, together, we can make the world a better place.’
Speaking KMTV, Rich’s father Joel said: ‘If it was a robbery-it failed because he still has his watch, he still has his money-he still has his credit cards, still had his phone so it was a wasted effort except we lost a life.
He said his son was talking to his girlfriend on the phone outside when the incident happened.
He added: ‘She asked him if he was home yet and he said just about, and then she heard some noise, he said he had to call her back-I don’t know when that conversation ended but at 4.18 two shots were fired.’
Rich;s mother Mary said: ‘Our son may have had a short life but he had a very wonderful life that he smiled and enjoyed.’
And added: ‘I’ve just got to remember all of the good and the positive and that’s what we will make Seth’s life of value versus wasting it.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Rich graduated with a BA in political science from Nebraska’s Creighton University in 2011.
While studying, he worked for the US Census Bureau and the Nebraska Democratic Party, and interned for Senator Ben Nelson.
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.