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Ron Kirby

Ronald Kirby, the director of transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, was killed last night in his Alexandria home, according to Alexandria police.

An Alexandria Police Department spokeswoman confirmed that Kirby was the victim of the crime. An autopsy conducted this morning determined the cause of death to be a homicide by multiple gunshot wounds. According to the police department, it’s the fifth homicide in Alexandria this year; there were none last year.

Kirby, 69, oversaw planning efforts for regional transit and highway projects in his role at MWCOG. Local government officials, planners, advocates, and reporters were well acquainted with his wealth of experience (and his Australian accent). For more on Kirby’s life, accomplishments, and perspectives, see this 2004 Washingtonian profile. He will be greatly missed.

Correction: The post originally said that Kirby was murdered; while police have called his death a homicide, no charges have been filed.

Photo from the U.S. Department of Transportation website