In a statement released on the anniversary of his death, Seth Rich’s parents and brother are asking the public “please cease using Seth as a political football in predetermined partisan narratives.”
“While we recognize the futility of this request, we make it anyway,” the family wrote.
Rich died after being shot in the back outside his home in Washington, D.C., in the early morning of July 10, 2016. Though police classified the killing as a botched robbery, online conspiracy theorists and private investigators have linked Rich’s death to Wikileaks’ release of Democratic National Committee emails. Rich worked on voter registration at the DNC.
“The continual push of false and inaccurate information about Seth’s death, along with the harassment of Seth’s friends, family and co-workers, hurts those who were closest to Seth, and does nothing to bring justice to his killers,” the statement continued.
The statement thanked the Washington, D.C., police, as well as people who have been involved in creating a scholarship in Rich’s name for campers to attend his Jewish summer camp, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.