Parents of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich address search for son's killer

Seth Rich was killed on July 10, 2016 in Northwest D.C. (Metropolitan Police Department)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The parents of murdered Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich held a news conference and addressed the search for their son's killer on Monday.

Rich, 27, was shot in the back while walking home in the Bloomingdale neighborhood on July 10, 2016.

"Seth believed, one, that America is absolutely great and, two, what makes America great is its people. And he believed any problem we ever had, if we would worked together as equal human beings, we could solve our problems," Rich's mother said.

"This is people coming together to solve a problem. Donna Brazille came down, and that's Seth's boss, three-levels ahead of Seth, I don't know of any boss three-levels that comes down to help," she continued. "We need the public's help, we need everybody's help, and I know Seth knew the right thing if everybody helps us, we will find these murderers and we will make that neighborhood a lot safer."

Rich's father added, "we need help. We need people who know what was going on who may know somebody, we need help from whoever can give the police some more information on what might have happened."

This incident happened shortly before Wikileaks released emails which sparked the resignation of several party leaders on the eve of the Democratic Convention.

Since nothing of Rich's was stolen during the shooting, conspiracy theorists began circulating Rich may have been the leaker.

Then Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, offered a $20,000 reward in the case.

Investigators initially speculated Rich was killed in a failed robbery attempt.

Rich's girlfriend said he is the kind of guy who wouldn't cross a street until the light changed.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman upped the reward to $125,000.

The Rich's are optimistic a sweetening of the reward will help solve Seth's murder.

"He knows nothing about us," Mary Rich said. "He is a Republican and here he is helping my son who was a Democrat."

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