The Hyattsville Mayor reportedly shot himself dead in a Virginia park, authorities revealed.
Kevin Ward, 44, a father-of-two, died on Tuesday from an 'apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.'
Ward, who leaves behind two children and a husband, was elected in May as the first African American and strived to help his community rebuild after the pandemic and create a safe haven for undocumented immigrants and the LBGT+ community.
Hyattsville, Maryland, Mayor Kevin Ward, 44, was found dead in Fort Marcy Park in Virginia, roughly 20 miles from the city, on Tuesday. Police said he had 'apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds'
He was well loved in his community and was presented with the LBGTQ Excellence in Government Award, presented by Prince George's County Pride and Streetcar 82 Brewing Co., during the city's first-ever pride parade
The fire department said they would miss his 'impromptu firehouse visits and laughs'
The politician renamed the largest park in the city after African-American artist David Driskell, who would have not been played to play there as a child, according to the Hyattsville Wire.
He also advocated for affordable housing, sustainability, environmental awareness, and for his local LGBT+ community. The city also became a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants in 2017.
In June, he won the LBGTQ Excellence in Government Award, presented by Prince George's County Pride and Streetcar 82 Brewing Co., during the city's first-ever pride parade.
'This will not be one and done. We will continue to do this year on year here in the city. We have an open and affirming community, and we want to show people who we