National Convention May Honor Murdered Democratic Leader

By: Associated Press/KKTV
By: Associated Press/KKTV

National Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean says he hopes the Arkansas party chairman gunned down in his office will be memorialized in some way when delegates gather later this month in Denver for the Democratic National Convention.

Dean credited Bill Gwatney for his fundraising prowess at the helm of the Arkansas Democratic Party, and said Gwatney was responsible for two of the biggest fundraisers in state party history.

Gwatney died Wednesday after a gunman burst into the state headquarters in Little Rock and shot him. The suspect, Timothy Dale Johnson, was killed when he confronted police after a 30-mile chase.

Dean says any convention tribute or memorial will depend on the wishes of Gwatney's family and the state's delegation.

He says he's not sure what form it might take.

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