Slain DNC staffer’s parents: Help us find killer

Slain DNC staffer’s parents: Help us find killer
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The parents of murdered Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich are calling on D.C. residents help catch the killer, who shot Rich, 27, multiple times in the back on July 10 in Bloomingdale.


“We need the public’s help, we need everybody’s help, and I know Seth knew the right thing if everybody helps us, we will find these murderers and we will make that neighborhood a lot safer,” Mary Ann Rich, his mother, said during a news conference in Washington Monday, according to ABC 7 WJLA.

“We need help,” Rich’s father, Joel, added. "We need people who know what was going on who may know somebody, we need help from whomever can give the police some more information on what might have happened.”

The murder grabbed national headlines in August when WikiLeaks offered $20,000 for information leading to a conviction for Rich’s killing. WikiLeaks’s reward came more than two weeks after the transparency organization leaked thousands of internal DNC emails before the Democratic National Convention.

The trove of messages caused uproar as it showed the DNC seemingly helping undermine Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report We're at war and need wartime institutions to keep our economy producing what's necessary Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign after the emails were published. 

Rich's mother says Wasserman Schultz's interim replacement has been helpful in the wake of the slaying.

“Donna Brazile came down, and that’s Seth’s boss, three levels ahead of Seth, I don’t know of any boss three levels that comes down to help,” she said.

“This is people coming together to solve a problem. Seth believed, one, that America is absolutely great and, two, what makes America great is its people. And he any problem we ever had, if we would work together as equal human beings, we could solve our problems.”

Police initially said Rich’s death may have been an attempted robbery, though nothing was stolen and no witnesses have come forward claiming to have seen the attack.