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Man That Killed Himself in Front of Van Duyne Irving Home was Her Former Communications Director


Irving, Texas. February 12, 2021

A former staffer for Rep. Beth Van Duyne’s (R-Texas) congressional campaign died by suicide in front of her home in Irving, Texas.

Irving Officer Robert Reeves, public information officer for the Irving Police Department, identified the man as Chris Dillard.

Richard Christian “Chris” Dillard was a former Communications Director for Beth Van Duyne for Congress from November 2019 to April 2020 according to his LinkedIn page.

“I’m still shocked and grieving that Chris would take his life. We had known each other for years. He had been to my home numerous times for holiday parties, fantasy football draft parties, and get-togethers with friends. The last time I heard from him was over text in early January, to share pictures of his family,” Van Duyne said in a statement read during this afternoon's press conference by her spokesperson Andrea Coker.

“I've spoken with Chris's mother to offer my condolences and asked her how to support her during this difficult time," the statement said. "I'm devastated for her, his daughter and grandchildren, we are praying for Chris's family and loved ones and ask that everyone please respect their privacy. Thank you."

Officer Reeves said that Van Duyne was in her home with other people at the time of the shooting and only heard the gunshot. He said the congresswoman looked out the window and saw someone lying on the ground with a gun in their hand and immediately called 911.

After searching Dillard's home, Irving Police were still clueless as to his motive.   No note was found.   Officer Reeves admitted that the motive will probably remain as unknown.  

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