Mayoral Candidate And Activist Gunned Down In City Park
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 11, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC--Police on Tuesday were still trying to gather leads and determine a motive into the shooting death of civic activist Chris Crowder, 44.
Crowder's body was found early Saturday morning in a city park about a block away from a new convention center, The Washington Post reported. He was lying on the ground near his wheelchair.
Crowder used a wheelchair after 1990, when his spine was injured in a shooting in the same neighborhood where his body was found.
Local news sources said in the years following his injury, Crowder become a "brash", "loud-talking", and "passionate" activist for such things as affordable housing and higher education.
Crowder had just filed papers to run for D.C. mayor under the District's Statehood Green Party before he was gunned down.
Friends and family members held a vigil Sunday night to remember Crowder.
"He wanted to help the city be better," said his mother, Gracie Brown.
An unidentified man was found with multiple gunshot wounds near Crowder's body. As of Tuesday he was still in critical condition at a local hospital.
"Activist Fatally Shot In NW" (Washington Post)
"Vigil Held for Community Activist Crowder" (WJLA-TV)