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Former Trump Official Dies From Injuries After Carjacking

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A former member of former President Donald Trump’s administration has died after being carjacked in Washington, DC.

Mike Gill, who was the chief of staff at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission during the Trump administration, died from his injuries after a carjacking last week, Fox News reported.

Police have identified the suspect as Artell Cunningham, 28. Authorities say that Cunningham tried stealing another vehicle around an hour later, and then approached others and demanded their keys.

One of those people was Alberto Vasquez, Jr., 35, who Cunningham is accused of shooting and killing in a carjacking at 3rd and N Streets Northeast. Cunningham was later shot and killed by law enforcement.

Gill’s wife, Kristina, broke the news of her husband’s death to FOX 5 DC.

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“It is with profound sadness that I wish to inform the community of the passing of my husband, Mike Gill,” the widow said. “His sudden departure has left a void in our lives that can never be filled.”

“In this time of grief, we are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and the community, and extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has reached out to offer condolences and assistance,” she said.

Former CFTC chairman Christopher Giancarlo said that Gill was “one of the most wonderful, honest, earnest, and open-hearted persons on this earth.”

“His life reflects everything that is good and right and true,” he said to FOX 5. “Words cannot express the tragedy of the loss of this fine man, colleague, and cherished friend. He will be sorely missed and long remembered.”

“Mike Gill’s death from attack by a car jacker on 14th street in downtown Washington while picking his wife up from work is one more example of why Congress needs to take back control of our national capital,” former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said on X, formerly Twitter.

“This is absolutely horrific and PREVENTABLE. I am heartbroken for Mike Gill’s family. We live in a culture of barbarians. Get out of Democrat-run cities,” Jenna Ellis said.

“This is horrific. Our hearts go out to Mike Gill’s family. Praying for peace and God’s comfort,” Republican Rep. Anna Paulina Luna said.

Carjacking incidents in Washington, D.C., have seen a notable increase in recent years, leading to frustration and concern among law-abiding residents. In October, Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, was a victim of a carjacking at gunpoint.

In November 2023, the D.C. police reported 250 homicides from January through November, marking the highest numbers the city had witnessed since 2003. During the same time frame, there were 908 recorded carjackings, with 77% of them involving the use of firearms, Fox News added.

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The incident with Gill took place near the White House on K Street in downtown D.C. as he was picking up his wife, who works as an education lawyer.

According to the police, the assailant entered the stationary vehicle and shot the victim before escaping on foot. The victim, identified as Gill, then fell to the ground outside the vehicle.

The Washington Post reported that he had called his wife to say, “Hey, I’m downstairs,” and when she arrived at the ground floor, he had been shot, with the wife rushing out and saying, “Oh my God, that’s my husband.”

The Post, citing witness Yolanda Douglas, said the wife “ran toward her husband and grabbed his hand. ‘What happened?’ she asked, but he did not respond.”

Douglas “saw the victim, in a dress shirt and sweater, sprawled on the pavement with one foot still in the passenger’s side of a car. His right hand was twitching as blood pooled around his head,” the Post said.

Roughly an hour later, the suspect made an unsuccessful attempt to forcibly steal another vehicle on Third Street NE. Subsequently, the suspect fatally shot an individual on the street and commandeered their car.

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