Ronald Kirby murder: Cash reward offered for information

Ron Kirby served the Council of Governments for 26 years. Photo: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - More than a month has gone by since a senior member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments was shot and killed inside his own home, and without anyone in custody, several groups are coming together to help track down his killer.

Ron Kirby, the 69-year-old head of the region's Department of Transportation Planning, was shot to death Nov. 12 inside his Del Ray home. The murder has baffled investigators and neighbors, and to this day, fear lingers in the quiet Alexandria neighborhood.

With no arrests and apparently no leads forthcoming in Kirby's murder, representatives from several organizations, including his employer, are pooling their resources to help try find the killer.

There is hope that a cash reward will pay off with an arrest.

"I think it's going to bring somebody who knows about it to the surface," Alexandria resident Norma Donchatz said. "I don't know why, but that just does it for people - money."

Detectives from both Alexandria Police and Virginia State Police said after the shooting that there was no danger to the community at large. His was the 5th murder in the city in 2013 after a year when no slayings were recorded.

Kirby served the COG for 26 years as one of the area's leading experts on transit and transportation planning.