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Crew leader shot and killed in #Baltimore

This is a tragedy. H/t to Carol Morello of The Washington Post for the following:

A Baltimore man who was working for the Census Bureau has died after being shot while dropping off a co-worker — the first killing of a Census worker on the job this year.

Spencer Williams, 22, died Friday after being shot June 7, according to Baltimore police. He was found inside his car, resting in the median near an intersection, and had multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Williams was a crew leader responsible for a group of census takers doing follow-up visits to the homes of people who did not mail in their questionnaire by April. Census Bureau spokesman Steven J. Jost said Williams was returning home after driving a co-worker home at the end of the day and was considered to still be on the job. Police and Census officials said the shooting is not believed to be related to the agency’s work.

Since follow-up house calls began in late April, there have been 252 incidents in which Census workers have been harmed or threatened, including 11 times when shots were fired at them and 86 times when they were threatened with such weapons as guns, axes and crossbows.

Let’s hope the person who did this is caught and brought to justice.

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6 Responses to “Crew leader shot and killed in #Baltimore”

  1. anonymous Says:

    Condolences to Spencer’s family, friends, and co-workers.

  2. anonymous Says:

    Safety issues are still a concern for Census workers.

  3. end the census Says:

    Sincere condolences to his loved ones. Does anyone know why he was killed? Was it because of his work, or for some unrelated reason?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Looks to be unrelated.

    Our condolences to his family and his crew.

  5. anonymous Says:

    Why was he killed? He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was the middle of the afternoon. If school was still in session, children would be getting off of school buses about that time.

  6. J Boone Says:

    Spencer was my nephew and we all miss him very much. Time went on and folks forgot about him. To date, no person has been charged for his murder. I read the question(s) again listed – he was murdered because someone did a horrible job raising their child. And, the miscreant’s responsible believe that they can take life without being held responsible. Since no one will step forward to stand as a witness to his murder, it seems that the previous statement may have truth to it. Spencer was working and trying to earn a living – young, Black man – extremely talented in a variety of areas. He was very kind and loved very much by his family.