News has emerged this morning that Washington energy lobbyist and former Capitol Hill aide Ashley Turton, 37, was horrifically killed on Monday. She was trapped inside a burning BMW, believed to be her own car, which was parked inside the partially burned garage at her Capitol Hill home.
The mother of three and wife of White House Aide, Daniel Turton, was found in the burned wreck of the car. The fire must have started very quickly for her not to get out of the vehicle and there will undoubtedly be questions as to how it happened; more pressingly whether foul play was involved or not.
Mrs. Turton’s death echoes the shocking murder of Tucson millionaire and real estate developer Gary Triano, who was killed by a car bomb in 1996. His ex-wife, Pamela Phillips was implicated in the investigation after the bombing on November 1st, 1996. The device was placed in his car where it exploded outside the Westin La Paloma Country Club.
Ashley Turton, 37, was a respected community member who worked in support of her husband.
Fire crews and police responded quickly to 911 calls made by neighbours in the early hours of the morning, but by the time they arrived Ashley Turton was dead. It wasn’t until the flames had been extinguished that fire personnel found Turton’s body and according to reports on rollcall.com, the vehicle was still on fire inside the garage when the first response team arrived.
Police are yet to determine the cuase of the blaze which claimed Ashley Turton’s life, but they have said that they will not rule anything out – even homicide.
Washington, D.C. was rocked over the weekend by the unfolding events in Tuscon, Arizona where Gabrielle Giffords was gravely injured, and six others were killed by a crazed gunman. Fierce debates have been raging for days between left and right wing followers as to Sarah Palin’s indirect involvement in the Tuscon shootings, with neither side able to see each other’s viewpoint.
The world of politics seems to be in turmoil at the moment, it pales in comparison to the pain Ashley Turton’s children, all under five years of age, and husband have woken up to this morning. While time will quickly erase the event from most people’s memories, her children’s scars will likely never disappear.
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