A Democrat activist was shot and killed in Lansing Sunday while going door-to-door.
63-year-old Theodore “Ted” Lawson was canvassing Sunday afternoon when he was reportedly shot and first responders were dispatched at 3:01 p.m. He later died at the hospital.
As of Tuesday morning, “police have made no arrests and are still working to determine more details,” WLNS reported. A short time later, police said they arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the murder, according to the Lansing State Journal. An alleged motive was not released.
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin was the first to publicly identify Lawson and what he was doing.
So terrible to hear that Ted Lawson was killed over the weekend in Lansing, while doing what he has done for so many candidates, including myself: knocking doors and getting out the vote.
Ted was one of the most involved community members I’ve ever met and regularly volunteered…
— Elissa Slotkin (@ElissaSlotkin) October 9, 2023
“So terrible to hear that Ted Lawson was killed over the weekend in Lansing while doing what he has done for so many candidates, including myself: knocking doors and getting out the vote,” Slotkin wrote on Twitter.
“This breaks our heart, we loved you Ted Lawson and you will be missed,” the Ingham County Democratic Party posted on Facebook. “He cared so much for his country and community, and gave much of his time and treasure.”
Democrats have not yet alleged a political motive, nor blamed a disgruntled neighborhood resident.
Lansing, the state capital, is one of the most dangerous cities in Michigan, with a violent crime rate three times the state average, according to Neighborhood Scout.
In 2022, 15.7 out of 1,000 residents, or 1 out of 64, suffered a violent crime. There were 25 murders in Lansing last year. There were 128 crimes per square mile in 2022, according to the data site.