Parents of Seth Rich plead for tips in son’s murder

WASHINGTON, DC - "We need your help. And I wanted to take a minute to ask for your help."

That impassioned plea came from Mary Rich on Thursday afternoon, as she stood at the street corner her son, Seth Rich, was killed almost a month ago. She was joined by Rich's father, brother, girlfriend and members of the Metropolitan Police Department to ask for anyone with information about his murder to come forward.

"They will kill anybody and they will continue to kill and the next time they shoot and kill it will be someone you love," added Rich.

Seth Conrad Rich, 27, was walking along the 2100 block of Flagler Place in Northwest D.C., a block from his home, on July 10, 2016 when he was shot and killed. Police have not released a motive for the killing, but said they are looking at attempted robbery as a possibility.

"Right now we have more questions than we have answers," said MPD Chief Cathy Lanier.

Rich worked for the Democratic National Committee as its Voter Expansion Data Director.

His coworkers, friends, and neighbors joined Rich's family, who flew in from Nebraska, for a celebration of his life on Wednesday night. Many of them were at the news conference lending support to the family and their voices to the plea for help.

"He was a really, really intelligent. Like really talented. He rose up quickly through the ranks of the DNC. He was always willing to help whoever," said Alison Curtis, who lived in the same neighborhood as Rich and worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Rich's mother said she met many of her son's friends for the first time at the celebration of life and added she'll cherish the memories they shared with her. She closed out her statements by sharing Seth Rich's last Facebook post.

"The last thing he wrote on Facebook was 'Please, stop the killing.' and minutes later he was shot dead. So please, let’s stop the killing. Let’s try to get this killer off the street and therefore my son can rest in peace," said Rich.