Seth Rich’s Family Issues Powerful Statement On First Death Anniversary
As The Gateway Pundit reported Monday morning, today is the one-year anniversary of DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder. Over the course of the year, theories have swirled around Rich’s potential role in leaking the DNC’s emails to WikiLeaks.
While we do not know who murdered Seth Rich or if was indeed he was the DNC leaker, his parents have issued a statement calling for an end to the polarization of his death.
The family of of murdered Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich released a statement Monday morning on the one-year anniversary of his death.
In the statement, the family says thank you for all the support they have received since Rich’s murder as well as for the work done to establish scholarships in Rich’s name.
The family also thanked D.C. Police for their efforts as they continue to investigate Rich’s murder, saying “While we are saddened that the crime has not been solved yet, we were aware early on, this was going to be a difficult case to solve.”
Rich, 27, was shot in the back while walking home in the Bloomingdale neighborhood on July 10, 2016. This incident happened shortly before Wikileaks released emails which sparked the resignation of several party leaders on the eve of the Democratic Convention.
The Rich family’s statement can be read in full below.
“On the anniversary of the passing of our son and brother, we are again feeling the deep loss of this senseless act. We want to take a moment and thank those who have helped preserve Seth’s legacy by contributing time, energy and resources towards a scholarship fund in his name that will enable children from across the country to enjoy his beloved Camp Ramah. The many words of support from around the country and the world have been very comforting to us during this difficult year. We are hopeful that folks take the lessons of Seth’s life and the values that guided him to heartPublic service, civic participation, democracy and working together to enrich each others’ lives.
In addition to the first-time camper who will be enjoying Camp Ramah in Wisconsin as the first recipient of the Seth Conrad Rich Memorial Scholarship Endowment, Creighton University will award a scholarship to a student for the upcoming school year. This scholarship will come from the Seth Rich Scholarship Endowment. The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be for “applicants who embody qualities of involvement, leadership, service, and the determination to make a positive difference in the world.” The Nebraska Society of DC has set up a fund in Seth’s name and will be using that fund to provide financial assistance to an intern from Nebraska who will be serving our country in Washington, DC, this year. Thanks to the donations to the Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship fund at Beth El Synagogue’s annual Cantor’s Concert, more than twenty campers will receive assistance in going to Jewish camps. These “service grants” will be repaid by the recipients by service to the synagogue during the year. All of this is to say that despite so much that our family has gone through this year, that Seth’s legacy of public service, his determination to make the world a better place and his genuine desire to foster engagement among Americans of all ages persists, and it serves as a comfort to our family at a dark time.
The family would also like to thank the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, for their ongoing investigation of the murder of Seth. While we are saddened that the crime has not been solved yet, we were aware early on, this was going to be a difficult case to solve. We are grateful for the ongoing communication from the MPD, and hopeful that their continued efforts will allow the case to be solved and justice to be delivered.
Finally, we are compelled to address those who are claiming to help by undertaking private “investigations”, staging reenactments, or traveling to Seth’s old neighborhood to perform citizen interviews. Our request is that anyone with information about Seth’s murder share such information with MPD, which is the law enforcement agency authorized by law to perform this investigation. And while we recognize the futility of this request, we make it anyway: please cease using Seth as a political football in predetermined partisan narratives.
The continual push of false and inaccurate information about Seth’s death, along with the harassment of Seth’s friends, family and co-workers, hurts those who were closest to Seth, and does nothing to bring justice to his killers. Those who still live in Seth’s neighborhood are owed the peace of mind that comes with finding those responsible for this heinous crime, and we deserve that no less.”
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