Surprisingly, there was the death of Kevin Ward, who was mayor of the city of Hyattsville, Maryland, who was well loved by the community.
The sensitive death occurred on Tuesday the 25th due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, sources from the mayor's office confirmed.
Mayor Ward was recognized as a valued and trusted leader and a strong advocate for the entire Hyattsville community. Numerous leaders expressed feeling "heartbroken at this loss" and made known their feelings of sorrow and solidarity with the family of the deceased.
“Mayor Ward was a valued and trusted leader and a fervent advocate for all the people of Hyattsville, without exception. We are heartbroken by this loss and express our deepest condolences to the mayor's family," said a city news release released Tuesday.
Ward first served as the city's acting mayor in 2019, before being elected to the position by popular vote in 2021.
Rep. Anthony Brown, who represents Maryland's Fourth Congressional District, said on Twitter, "My heart goes out to Mayor Ward's family and the people of Hyattsville after the loss of this dedicated, thoughtful, and fiercely passionate public servant. ”.
Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks also expressed her condolences. "We are very heartbroken and devastated to learn of the passing of Hyattsville Mayor Kevin Ward," Alsobrooks said on Twitter. "Mayor Ward was an outstanding leader for the residents of Hyattsville and loved his city deeply."
State Delegate Nicole Williams (MD-22) also offered her condolences and shared her grief on Twitter, saying, “I am so saddened to hear this news. Mayor Ward was more than a municipal leader in my District, he was my friend. My heart is aching right now. His partner and children are in my prayers at this time."
For his part, State Delegate Alonzo T. Washington (MD-22) said, “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and Mayor of the City of Hyattsville, Kevin Ward. Kevin was a wonderful friend, father, husband, and passionate advocate for the residents of the city. I want to extend my deepest condolences to his family. We will miss him very much."
City Council Vice President Robert Croslin will serve as the city's acting mayor.
City officials said those in need of mental health counseling or support are encouraged to contact Community Crisis Services, Inc. by dialing 211 and pressing 1 or the Affiliated Sante Group crisis support line at 301-429-2185.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available at 1-800-273-8255 for those in crisis or who want to help others.