HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Hyattsville Mayor Kevin Ward died by an apparent suicide Tuesday, the city announced Wednesday.
Ward died by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the city said in a statement on Twitter.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: A Cold Front Sweeps In As Severe Thunderstorm Watch Ends
“We are heartbroken by this loss and share our sympathy for the Mayor’s family,” the statement said.
Ward became interim mayor at the beginning of 2021 and won the May 2021 election with 58 percent of the vote.READ MORE: Waterfront Partnership Of Baltimore Offers Free Exercise Classes Along Inner Harbor
Governor Larry Hogan said in a Twitter post that he was saddened to learn about the death of Ward.
“The First Lady and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Hyattsville Mayor Kevin Ward,” Hogan said on Twitter. “We extend our most heartfelt condolences to the Ward family and the people of Hyattsville as they grieve this tragic loss.”
The city said community members in need of grief counseling or mental health support are encouraged to contact Community Crisis Services, Inc.: dial 211 and press 1 or call 800-273-TALK; or the Affiliated Sante Group crisis support line: 301-429-2185.MORE NEWS: Five People Shot Within An Hour On East Side Of Baltimore Sunday
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a hotline for individuals in crisis or for those looking to help someone else. To speak with a certified listener, call 1-800-273-8255.
It is with great sadness that we report that our beloved #HyattsvilleMayor Kevin Ward passed away yesterday, January 25 from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. We are heartbroken by this loss and share our deepest sympathy for the Mayor’s family. https://t.co/nemygRxFmL pic.twitter.com/8ZH33pXsfQ
— City of Hyattsville (@HyattsvilleMD) January 26, 2022