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We mourn Hyattsville Mayor Kevin Ward

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It is with a profound sense of grief that we mourn the loss of Mayor Kevin Ward, of Hyattsville, who died Jan. 25 from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 Ward was a servant leader who cared deeply about all the members of his community and gave generously – contributing food and other items – to the ministries of First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville. Throughout his political career he served as a fierce advocate for the marginalized.

 “Mayor Ward was known to our United Methodist church family in as he tangibly helped meet the needs of hunger and poverty,” said Bishop LaTrelle Easterling.

 “We join the Ward family, the community of Hyattsville and the state in mourning the passing of Mayor Kevin Ward. Our hearts are heavy as we pray for his family,” Easterling said. “The community has lost a dedicated leader, who was a stalwart of justice and equity. As we gather to comfort and support one another, may we offer the family privacy during this tender time.” 

See a Washington Post article and an NBC News article about Ward’s death and the outpouring of responses from civic leaders.

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Nuria Grant Jan 27, 2022 5:17pm

May the Risen Lord pour his loving kindness and tender mercy over those who mourn and may He provide for the repose of the souls of these amazing servants, Mayor Kevin Ward and the Baltimore Fire Firefighters.
Peace in Christ Jesus,

Joy Gross Jan 28, 2022 2:11pm

Praying for Kevin's family!!!