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Police Investigate Apparent Murder-Suicide Of Former Bush Aide And Son
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 14, 2006

McLEAN, VIRGINIA--Fairfax County Police were investigating Friday what they described as an apparent murder-suicide in the shooting death of a former Bush administration appointee and his 12-year-old son, who had autism.

According to the Washington Post, officers said William H. Lash III, 45, had an argument with his wife, Sharon K. Zackula, late Thursday night. Zackula left the home and called police.

Three or four officers then went to the Lash house around 10 p.m., but could not get any reply when they knocked on several doors. About ten minutes later, they heard two gunshots. After many attempts to get a response from Lash, the officers entered the house five hours later to find Lash's body and that of this son, William H. Lash IV, lying next to a shotgun.

As of Friday, police said they had no motive for Lash to kill his son, then himself.

President Bush appointed Mr. Lash as an assistant secretary of commerce in 2001. Last year, he left the position to teach at George Mason University Law School.

As has happened in many other cases where a parent had killed their child with a disability, friends and neighbors said Mr. Lash was devoted to his son. The pair often attended baseball games and could be seen swinging on their backyard swing set.

Todd J. Zywicki, a colleague at GMU, said: "I'm just stunned."

"He loved his son so much. He really loved his son . . . and he did everything for him."

"Ex-Bush Aide Fatally Shoots Son, Himself" (Washington Post)


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