The man who ran Senator Jim Webb's Senate office in southwest Virginia is dead.I didn't know Mr. Hutchins, but Senator Webb's description makes him sound like someone I would have liked. Condolences go out to his family from us here at I'm Not Emeril.
Botetourt County authorities are investigating the gunshot death of a 26-year-old Fred Hutchins of Roanoke. His body was found shortly after seven o'clock this morning by a deputy sheriff who stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of US 220 north of Fincastle.
Sheriff Sprinkle identified the man as Frederick Wayne Hutchins, Jr., of Roanoke.
Hutchins had a single gunshot wound to the head and was found outside the vehicle on a small embankment beside the road. A gun was found beneath the body.
Botetourt authorities believe the death occurred between 4:30 a.m., when an officer passed the scene and no vehicle was present, and 7:08 a.m., when another officer stopped to check on the parked vehicle.
Press release from Senator Jim Webb's office:
Statement of Senator Jim Webb on the Death of Fred Hutchins
Washington, DC-Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) today issued the following statement:
"I am terribly saddened by the tragic and sudden death of Fred Hutchins, who diligently managed our Roanoke Senate office. Freddie was one of the most honorable and friendly individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing. He was a mainstay in the Roanoke community and a friend to all who knew him. My condolences go out to his mother, Karen, and the rest of his family and friends. He will be greatly missed."
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Senator Webb's Roanoke Staffer Found Dead In Botetourt County
From WDBJ Channel 7 in Roanoke;
Posted by Charlie Bishop at 5:32 PM