NJDC mourns the death of promising Jewish DNC staffer Seth Rich, 27, who was shot and killed on his walk home early Sunday morning. The native Nebraskan came from a deeply Jewish background; his grandfather was a founding member of their local congregation and his father led the same synagogue as president until this summer. Rich was determined to make the world a better place and saw politics as the best way to enact benevolent change. Such senseless acts of violence must come to an end, and we offer our sincerest condolences to Seth’s friends and family. The Forward reports:
Seth Rich, a promising employee of the Democratic National Committee from a prominent Jewish family in Omaha, Nebraska, was shot and killed as he walked home on his Washington D.C. block early Sunday.
Police were investigating the crime and said there were no suspects and no motive known for the slaying, which took place at 4:20 am. as he apparently walked home.
Rich, 27, suffered “multiple gun shot wounds” and there were signs of a struggle said a police spokesman, who would not say if the crime could be related to a string of robberies in the gentrifying Bloomingdale neighborhood near Howard University.
Rich, who worked as the voter expansion data director for the Democratic National Committee, belonged to a family that is a pillar of the Jewish community in Omaha.
His grandfather was a founding member of Beth El Synagogue and his father was president of the congregation until stepping down this summer.
“The kid was a mensch,” said Rabbi Steven Abraham. “This is a family that is entrenched in our Jewish community.”
Seth Rich loved politics and surprised nobody by seeking a job in the nation’s capital.
“I think it’s a very Jewish thing to do,” the rabbi said.
“He wanted to make a difference,” Joel I. Rich, 68, Seth’s father, told the Washington Post. “Politics was in his blood.”
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May his memory be a blessing. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.