Ron Kirby, a longtime transportation planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, was found shot dead in his Alexandria home on Monday.
Kirby was shot several times; a relative found his body inside his home
early yesterday afternoon. Alexandria police have not made any arrests and are
remaining mum on potential suspects.
Kirby was the head of
transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of
Governments, where he's worked since 1987. He last appeared on the The Kojo Nnamdi Show in July.
Today the group's executive
director Chuck Bean remembered the Australia native as a fixture on the
"Ron was truly a region shaper. He was
forward looking," Bean said. "When board members asked me about him, I said, 'Well, I
think he is a genius.'"
Kirby was credited with incorporating
multi-modal solutions into regional planning — roads, transit, walking,
and bicycling, as well as improvements in regional air quality.
leaves behind a wife and two children. Ron Kirby was 69.