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Ron Kirby of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments shot, killed in Alexandria

5:12 PM, Nov 14, 2013   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria police say the head of transportation for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments was killed on Monday.

Ronald Kirby, 69, was found unconscious in the 200 block of Elm Street. Police say an autopsy has determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds.

Kirby was the Director of the Department of Transportation Planning for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, according to its website.

COG released the following statement:

"All of the officials and employees of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Transportation Planning Board are devastated by the loss of our colleague, Ron Kirby.
"Dr. Kirby, one of the region's leading experts on transportation planning, was a key figure in all aspects of our work on regional planning and collaboration. He guided the work of the Transportation Planning Board for more than 26 years. His deep knowledge and wise counsel assisted local, state and national officials in reaching consensus on the major transportation issues over the years.
"More importantly, he was a trusted colleague and a dear friend to all of us at the Council and his associates around the region. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family at this difficult time."

Police say a relative found Kirby around 12:30 p.m. Monday and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703-746-6711.

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