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DPW building named after slain employee

December 10, 2010 - 05:22 PM
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A building on the site where a D.C. Department of Public Works employee was fatally shot earlier this year was named in the man's honor Friday.

"Today is a day of remembrance and inspiration," DPW director William O. Howland Jr. said at the dedication ceremony at 1241 W St., NW. "We acclaim the well-lived life of Larry Hutchins that ended too soon."

Hutchins, 51, was killed Oct. 13, when shots were fired in the parking lot of the facility. In his remarks, Howland called Hutchins "one of our most treasured coworkers."

"Larry Hutchins simply showed up for work, something that he had done year after year, day after day for some 24, 25 years," D.C. Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham said. "And his life ended on this lot. I think it's very fitting that we dedicate this building in his honor."

The shooting, which left another DPW worker injured, is still under investigation.

"We have to bring this killer to justice because the fact of the matter is, somebody who has done something like this can do it again," Graham said. "And so I appeal to anybody who has information on this — please come forward so we can take that action."

Graham also called for security on the District's lots and facilities.

"I'm not going to go into the political issues here, except to say that we need to have our government spaces safe for our government workers," he said. "And everybody needs to feel secure coming to work."



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