A Washington, D.C. lobbyist is offering the largest reward in D.C. history for the unsolved murder of Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer gunned down over the summer.
Attorney Jack Burkman is offering $105,000 of his own money for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. The D.C. Metropolitan Police is offering a $25,000 reward, and WikiLeaks announced it is also offering $20,000 for any information that leads to a conviction in the murder of Rich.
Rich, 27, was the voter expansion data director at the DNC, according to Roll Call; he was employed for two years. Rich also worked on a computer application to help voters locate polling stations.
According to police reports, officers patrolling the Bloomingdale neighborhood heard gunshots at around 4:20 a.m. on the morning of July 10, 2016. Officers discovered a “conscious and breathing” Rich on the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW.
Police have not yet solved the case but surmise that Rich was a victim of a botched robbery. Police said that they found his wallet, credit cards, and cellphone on his body. The band of his wristwatch was torn but not broken. The theory is that the shooters panicked after shooting Rich and immediately fled the scene.
Burkman is representing the family in a pro-bono capacity because “the objective here really is just to get closure for this family. This is a young kid in our profession. This could have happened to any of the young people who work for me.”
He has been working with the Rich family to keep attention on the case, and held a press conference with the parents Nov. 21, pleading with the public for help.