Just when you thought 2022 could not get any more strange, enter Hyattsville Maryland.
This story is just plain tragic. So far we only have preliminary information, which often changes in cases like this, so please do not consider any reporting ‘set in stone’ as of yet.
With that being said, here is what we are being told so far …
Breitbart is reporting:
The 44-year-old mayor of Hyattsville, Maryland, a city on the outskirts of Washington D.C., died from an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound” on Tuesday, the city stated in a release.
U.S. park police found the body of Mayor Kevin Ward (D) in Fort Marcy, a park in McLean, Virginia, according to WJLA.
The City of Hyattsville reported his death on Wednesday.
“It is with great sadness that we report that our beloved Hyattsville Mayor Kevin Ward passed away yesterday, January 25, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” the city wrote in a release. “Mayor Ward was a valued and trusted leader and a fierce advocate for all the people of Hyattsville.”
Hyattsville Mayor Kevin Ward has passed. I last saw him as he worked to expand vaccine availability and create more affordable housing in his community. https://t.co/HhIWlP1ZuR
— Brad Bell (@Brad7News) January 26, 2022
Ward, a gay man, leaves behind a husband and two adopted sons, according toinformation from his campaign website. Ward and his family moved to Hyattsville in 2014.
“I am a pretty straightforward person,” Ward wrote on his website. “I believe in listening more than talking. But when I talk, I am not one to mince words or tell people what they want to hear. I believe in doing the work. I believe that if I can help someone, then I can change her or his life.”
Ward was elected to the Hyattsville City Council twice before he became interim mayor at the start of 2021. He took on the role after former Mayor Candace Hollingsworth resigned to start a black-centric political party called “Our Black Party,” WUSA reported.
Ward then won a mayoral election bid in 2021, carrying 57.8 percent of the vote, Hyattsville election records show.’
Please join us in praying for the victim and his family.