Man Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of Former Congressional Intern

Metropolitan Police in Washington, D.C. have arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old man – who had interned for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, of Connecticut – aboard a Metro train Saturday afternoon.

Police had issued an arrest warrant for Jasper Spires for first-degree murder while armed and are now confirming the identity of the person they arrested. 
Metropolitan Police Department
Jasper Spires

The victim is Kevin Joseph Sutherland, 24, of Northeast D.C. Sutherland was a graduate of American University.

Metropolitan Police said they were alerted by Metro Transit officers that Sutherland had been stabbed on a train and arrived at the at the NoMa-Gallaudet station in the 200 block of Florida Avenue NE to find Sutherland suffering from stab wounds.

Sutherland had no signs of life at the scene, fire and emergency services personnel said.

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The American University Student Government (AUSG) issued a statement on Sunday, mourning Sutherland's death.

"Kevin Sutherland was truly the best of us," said AUSG President Sasha Gilthorpe in the statement. "He was incredibly kind. He was utterly and completely devoted to his friends. He used his intelligence and his talents to be a champion for what he believed in. We are all better for knowing Kevin."

The statement said Sutherland was an American University alumnus and two-time student government secretary.

According to his LinkedIn website, Sutherland served as an intern for Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat from Connecticut, in 2008 and 2010. Himes tweeted out his sympathies to the family.

Sutherland was employed at New Blue Interactive at the time of his death.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of our dear employee and friend Kevin Sutherland," said a statement from New Blue Interactive on their Facebook page. "We are heartbroken to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this difficult time."

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