Larry Green, city councilman for the city of Houston was found dead in his home on Tuesday after staff members reached out to the police when Councilman Green did not show up for important appointments or return phone calls.
The 52-year-old Green earned his seat on the council in 2012 and represented district K in the southwest area of the city. Councilman Green also chaired the committee that oversees transportation, technology, and infrastructure for the city of Houston.
Houston mayor Sylvester Turner expressed his condolences in a prepared statement that was released to the media, also saying that he was ‘shocked’ by the sudden loss of Green. Mayor Turner went on to express that his own grief paled in comparison to the grief of an entire city that has just lost such a “groundbreaking advocate,” that championed the causes of “equality,” and the promotion of economic opportunity for all people.
Councilman Green was the first, and as of now, the only councilman to earn the District K seat once the district was created in 2011. Mayor Turner says that Green was the perfect choice for the position and was a hard-working man of the people who did no political “grandstanding.” Turner explains that Green made many economic strides and improvements to public safety in his district without taking any credit for his work.
Many council members have reacted through social media and prepared statements. Likewise, Police Chief Art Acevedo and the Houston Firefighters Association have expressed their admiration for councilman Green and expressed sadness at the loss.
Texas Southern University, where Green attended college, also expressed its condolence via the school’s official Twitter account.