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Cheh Releases Statement on Chevy Chase Deaths

Council member Mary M. Cheh released the following statement regarding the slayings of Michael and Virginia Spevak in Chevy Chase over the weekend.

The two, well-known for their community activism, were found in their home in what police are calling a double homicide.

WASHINGTON - I am deeply saddened by the deaths of two of our beloved community members, Michael and Virginia Spevak. The Spevaks were a wonderful couple who not only cared about their immediate community, but dedicated themselves to helping others in and around the District, as well as the environment. Michael Spevak, a neighborhood watch captain, was a psychiatrist specializing in pediatric and adolescent psychiatry who dedicated his career to working with troubled youth. Virginia Spevak, who taught fifth and sixth graders at Green Acres School before her retirement, was actively involved in the District's foster care program and in 2001 was appointed to the District of Columbia Corrections Information Council. I also had the distinct honor of serving on the D.C. Re-entry Task Force with Ms. Spevak, an organization that brought together different members of the community to look at ways to make re-entry into the community, from jail or prison, more efficient and easier for newly released prisoners.

The couple not only dedicated part of their lives to working with children but also made a remarkable commitment to energy efficiency and the environment. About twenty-seven years ago--long before it became vogue to do so--the Spevaks built a home in the Northwest community of Chevy Chase that has become a model for environmentally friendly homes. The Spevaks' home is prized for being extremely energy efficient and was toured by many individuals as part of the 2005 Solar Home Tour. The Spevaks' also routinely opened their home to my office and other organizations and individuals so that we could tour and see their many environmental initiatives.

The Spevaks dedicated much of their lives to helping others and the environment. The Spevaks were truly a source of inspiration, and they will be sorely missed. Their deaths are a tragic loss for their community and the city.

By Marcia Davis  |  November 24, 2008; 3:02 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council  
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