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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 06/14/2010

Census worker killed on the job from Md.

By Washington Post editors

A Baltimore man who was working for the Census has died after being shot while dropping off a co-worker, in the first killing of a census worker on the job this year.

Spencer Williams, 22, died last Friday after being shot June 7, according to Baltimore police. He was found inside his car, resting in the median near an intersection, and had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Williams was a crew leader responsible for a group of census takers who are doing follow-up visits to homes of people who did not mail in their questionnaire by April. Census Bureau spokesman Steven J. Jost said Williams was returning home after driving a co-worker home at the end of the day, and was considered to still be on the job. Police and census officials said the shooting is not believed to be related to any census field work.

Since the census began making follow-up house calls in late April, there have been 252 incidents in which census workers have been harmed or threatened. That includes 11 times when shots were fired at them, and 86 times when they were threatened with weapons such as guns, axes and crossbows.

-- Carol Morello

By Washington Post editors  | June 14, 2010; 10:12 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Comments

Burn down their houses.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 14, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Cut off the welfare benefits.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | June 14, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely senseless.

Posted by: jellybean5 | June 14, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The job is very dangerous.

Posted by: dcisajoke | June 14, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Cut off the welfare benefits.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | June 14, 2010 10:44 AM
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Cut off the tea time at the country clubs.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 14, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Guess they didn't read the billboards about knowing how many classrooms we'll need.

Posted by: WmarkW | June 14, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

to WmarkW most cant read english,
To PublicEnemy1 who drinks tea at the country clubs thought it was alcohol.

Posted by: teutonicvalkyrie | June 14, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

to: WmarkW most cant read English,and don't care about any classroom
To: PublicEnemy1 who drinks tea at the country clubs thought it was alcohol. Don't forget about the poor fella just trying to earn a living who was killed.

Posted by: teutonicvalkyrie | June 14, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I really don't understand why there is so much violence against census workers....???? huh??? It's like killing/harming the 411 operator.. WTF?

Posted by: isarosepetal | June 14, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Williams was returning home after driving a co-worker home at the end of the day, and was considered to still be on the job."

Only a government worker would still be considered "on the job" when driving home...

Posted by: ThrityYearResident | June 14, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The slain census worker's job title was "Crew Leader." It is very possible part of his responsibilities were transporting workers to various parts of the city to do follow-up visits. Whatever the case he certainly did not deserve to be killed while doing it so the disparaging "government worker" remark was uncalled for. He was just trying to make a living like so many of us.

By the way ThrityYearResident, you need to learn to spell.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | June 14, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Census workers are under attack same as 'revenuers' were in the moonshine days...very sad and very unnecessary

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 14, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone value the sanctity of life and work anymore? This country is sooo self righteous and have the audacity to tell other countries about the value of life for their citizens, when Americans don't conform to the value it often projects on others, smh!!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | June 14, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Census workers are under attack same as 'revenuers' were in the moonshine days...very sad and very unnecessary

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 14, 2010 5:10 PM
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Like the Census worker that committed suicide in Kentucky, but tried to make it appear he was killed due to anti-government animus, there is no evidence at all this person was killed because he was under attack as the 'revenuers' were.

Unfortunately he apparently was killed because he was a victim of a crime---which is bad enough. We need to focus on finding the people that killed him, not try to make a political statement out of this killing. Trying to tie this killing into some larger anti-govt action is crazy--the guys that killed this person were criminals --a lot of people get killed in Baltimore just because they are humans, not because they are census workers....get a grip

Posted by: beebop31 | June 14, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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