Ashley Turton: the tributes begin
In the early morning hours on Monday, a woman's body was discovered in the partially burned garage of a Capitol Hill home. By noon, details emerged Ashley Turton, 37, a energy company lobbyist, mother of three and wife of Daniel Turton, the White House's deputy director of legislative affairs, had died in the fire.
Progress Energy, where Turton worked as a regulatory affairs analyst, released this statement from CEO Bill Johnson:
Ashley was a valued employee whose insight and hard work had been critical on so many of our legislative and regulatory issues. She was also a dear friend to many of us and this news is very hard to take. I know we all will keep her husband, children and parents in our thoughts and prayers. Today is an eventful day for us as employees of Progress Energy. Ashley's tragic death reminds us all to keep perspective in all things.
Messages of sympathy began to roll out on Twitter:
Shocked and saddened by the passing of Ashley Turton. My thoughts and prayers are with Dan and their children.
RIP Ashley Turton. She was a dear friend/colleague to the lobbyists I work with here. Idk what's going on, but it's getting shady.
It has been a really bad week, first Rep. Giffords and now Ashley Turton. My prayers are with them and their families.
Heartbroken by the death of former high school pal, Ashley Westbrook, more recently known as Ashley Turton.
| January 10, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
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