WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee on Monday dedicated the bike rack in front of its main headquarters to Omaha native Seth Rich, DNC staffer who was slain over the summer.
A plaque now on the wall above the bikes describes Rich as:
“Son of Omaha. Fierce fighter for voting rights. Devoted Democrat. Friend to all, including panda. Who left us too soon.”
A graduate of Central High School and Creighton University, Rich worked for the DNC on voters’ rights and was particularly involved in developing ways to making voting easier through technology.
The 27-year-old was shot at 4:19 a.m. on July 10, close to his D.C. home. Indications from police have pointed to a botched robbery. No arrests have been made, and no suspects have been announced.
Rich’s girlfriend, Kelsey Mulka, parked Rich’s bike in the rack before the dedication, which drew a crowd of DNC workers.
“I knew probably more than anyone how much this meant to him, working here with all of you, and I really want you to keep your heads high and carry on this fight,” she said during the dedication. “And make sure that at the end of the day that we all know that love is going to win and that fear and hate will not overcome us.”
DNC officials said they chose to dedicate the bike rack to Rich because he often used his bike to get around town and having the plaque out front would remind them every morning and night to keep working for what he believed in.
DNC interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile described Rich as a dedicated public servant who cared about justice, equality and the right to vote.
“Seth, I know you’re listening to us,” Brazile said. “We will not forget your work. We appreciate all that you did to help us be a stronger, a much more determined party, to ensure every American is registered and gets out to vote.”
She highlighted the $145,000 that has been pledged in reward money to anyone who helps police bring those responsible for Rich’s death to justice.
In addition to the $25,000 reward offered by D.C. police — customary in homicides — the organization WikiLeaks has offered an additional $20,000 and a GOP lobbyist has offered $100,000.