Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a niece of Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-Md.-6th, Monday night in Southeast Washington.
Melissa Byron Golden, 35, of Bowie, was pronounced dead at D.C. General Hospital shortly after being found in her car suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.
The shooting occurred on Central Avenue, near the District of Columbia border with Prince George's County. Police refused to provide details of the incident.
Representative Byron said last night that her niece was the victim of a robbery attempt as she was driving through Washington. "The police have a couple of suspects, but they have not issued warrants," she said.
The congresswoman said her niece was divorced and was raising two daughters, ages 16 and 6.
Mrs. Byron said police plan to discuss the shooting with the family after today's funeral. "The important thing is to stabilize two young children who have just lost their mother," she said.
The congresswoman canceled appearances scheduled for today in Frederick, Carroll and Howard counties so that she could attend her niece's funeral at 11 a.m., at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Bowie.
Mrs. Golden was the daughter of the late David W. Byron, a brother of the late Representative Goodloe Byron, who was Beverly Byron's first husband.