(ReliableNews.org) – A carjacking spree rocked the Washington, DC, metropolitan area at the end of January. The suspect shot two men and now both of them are dead.
On February 3, Michael Gill’s family announced he died from wounds sustained in the January 29th attack. The former federal official worked for both Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump as the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman. He was married and had three children.
According to reports, Gill was the first victim of Artell Cunningham, 28. Gill was waiting in his vehicle outside of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center when the suspect tried to carjack him and shot him in the head. The victim stumbled out of his Jeep Cherokee and collapsed on the ground.
The victim’s wife, Kristina Gill, said that her husband’s “sudden departure has left a void […] that can never be filled.” She expressed gratitude to the community for its love and support.
Former President Donald Trump called Gill a “SPECIAL PERSON” who was “[w]onderful and brilliant.” He demanded the federal government take over the nation’s capital to get crime under control.
- Christopher Giancarlo, the former CFTC head, called Gill “one of the most wonderful, honest, earnest, and open-hearted persons on this earth.” He said that his words could not express how terrible the loss was, saying he would be “sorely missed and long remembered.”
Alberto Vasquez, 35, was Cunningham’s other victim. He was also shot and killed. According to his family, Vasquez worked for law firms and banks. He was with his girlfriend when the suspect confronted him. His mom, Antoinette Walker, told NBC Washington that her son gave up his keys, but the suspect still shot him. He leaves behind two small daughters.
A spokesperson for the Maryland Attorney General’s Office said authorities believe Cunningham was mentally ill. He was shot and killed by police during a confrontation on January 30.
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