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DC: Suspect Arrested In Subway Stabbing Death Of LGBT Activist Kevin Sutherland

Via the Associated Press:
Jasper Spires, the man suspected of stabbing and killing a 24-year-old at a Metro station Saturday afternoon, has reportedly been arrested. The victim, Kevin Joseph Sutherland of Northeast D.C., died after he was stabbed on a train approaching the NOMA-Gallaudet Metro Station Saturday at about 12:50 p.m. An arrest warrant was subsequently issued for Spires for first-degree murder in the case. Sutherland had recently started working for "New Blue Interactive," a political strategy firm. Co-worker Brandt McCool told ABC7, "We all really loved working with Kevin. He came on a few months ago and ever since he has been one of the best digital strategists in the country. He's a bright spot, a pleasure to work with. It's a terrible, terrible tragedy." Sutherland graduated from American University in 2013. He was twice elected Student Government Secretary.
More about Sutherland from the Washington Post:
He was known to enjoy the sunset at a Kenny Chesney concert with a cocktail in hand, and he decorated his student government office at American University — where he advocated for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights — with posters depicting glam shots of pop star Lady Gaga. On his Twitter profile, he led with the Latin words of the Connecticut seal, “Qui transtulit sustinet” — “He who is transplanted still sustains.” By all accounts, Sutherland lived by the motto. In photographs and videos Sutherland posted online, he showed reverence and adoration for D.C.’s monuments and the city’s history, highlighting what he considered the nation’s treasures.
Local Connecticut news reports on the crime.

(Tipped by JMG reader DC Dave)

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