Washington DC police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer or killers of Seth Rich, the idealistic young DNC employee who was mysteriously shot multiple times in the back on Sunday night in affluent Northwest DC.
At the same time, police are still not giving out any more information about the investigation beyond saying that they have not yet connected the killing to a robbery. Officers have been canvassing the once-cheery Bloomingdale neighborhood where Rich lived and died, knocking on doors and asking for information.
There is still no suspect, no motive, and no arrests. As a result, conspiracy theories about Rich’s murder continue to fly around Washington and around social media worldwide.
Rich’s grieving friends and neighbors held a crowded vigil on Wednesday. Notable among the flowers and candles: a sign saying “This Life Mattered”. The sign appeared to allude to “All Lives Matter,” a slogan sometimes perceived as criticism of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
— Marina Marraco (@MarinaMarraco) July 13, 2016
Rich was shot while walking home after 4 a-m on Sunday morning. He was on the phone with his girlfriend just before the attack. Police say his body bore injuries indicating that Rich fought for his life.
Rich’s father told the local TV station in his hometown of Omaha that the killers took nothing from his son’s body.
“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,” Joel Rich told KMTV.
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At a Tuesday news conference about DC crime statistics, DC Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, stated that overall robberies were down in the city. When asked specifically about Seth Rich’s murder, she said it has not been determined whether his death could be linked to a robbery.
Not everyone has been impressed with the work of Metropolitan PD. Taking to Facebook, this Bloomingdale resident commented on a Seth Rich article.
Conspiracy theories abound over Rich’s death. The most controversial theory is that Rich was on his way, in the dead of night, to meet with the FBI and inform on alleged voter fraud by Hillary Clinton and DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The theory goes that he was murdered to keep him silent. There is no evidence to substantiate this theory.
— Bloomingdame (@bloomingdame) July 14, 2016
Many others on social media are describing the killing as a racial incident, although nothing is known of the identity or race of the killer.
As the police inquiry continues, Bloomingdale residents are fearful that a killer is on the loose in a neighborhood they once believed was safe from the violent crime affecting other parts of DC.