- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Linda Franklin, an FBI intelligence analyst, loved to investigate and was preparing to change jobs and residence when a single .223-caliber bullet pierced her head Monday night, her mother said.
Mrs. Franklin, 47, became the ninth victim killed by one shot from a sniper who has terrorized the metropolitan area since Oct. 2.
“She just loves investigative work,” said her mother, Mary Ann Moore of Gainesville, Fla., speaking yesterday as if her daughter were still alive.
Yesterday, investigators revealed that Mrs. Franklin, of Arlington, had been an intelligence operations specialist for the National Infrastructure Protection Center for nearly four years in the downtown headquarters of the FBI.
But investigators quickly said her FBI job had nothing to do with her slaying, saying the sniper is shooting indiscriminately.
Now, Mrs. Franklin’s death is contributing to the investigation to find the sniper or snipers. A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies has said that more witnesses with more information are helping investigators.
That task force includes nearly 400 agents, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said yesterday.
“The employees who worked with Linda and all of us are deeply shocked and angry over this tragedy,” Mr. Mueller said.
“I am confident that our investigative team will find the killer and stop the senseless murders that have devastated the families of 11 victims and paralyzed the Washington area with fear,” he said.
“This has devastated the family,” said family friend Bill Murray, 35, referring to Mrs. Franklin’s parents, a grown son and daughter, a brother and sister and her husband, William E. “Ted” Franklin.
“She’s a very tiny little thing. She still looks like a child,” said Mrs. Moore, who was informed by police and FBI agents at 2 a.m. yesterday that her daughter had been killed five hours earlier.
Charles W. Moore, Mrs. Franklin’s father, said they had worried about reports of the sniper attacks.
“We pleaded with her to be careful,” said Mr. Moore, a bio-engineer at the University of Florida. “And she knew we were concerned.”
“I talked to her [Monday] and she was cleaning her apartment,” Mrs. Moore said.
The Franklins planned to move Friday from a condominium in the 2900 block of Wakefield Street in Arlington to an apartment in Shirlington.
Mrs. Franklin was among many employees transferring from NIPC to the new federal White House Office of Homeland Security. She and her husband went to Home Depot in Falls Church Monday night and were loading her small black convertible when the sniper fired.
Mr. Moore said his son-in-law is in a computing contract business and “is known as the whiz kid.”
“I tried to talk to him [Monday], but he wasn’t making much sense,” Mr. Moore said.
Mrs. Franklin was born in Columbus, Ind., and graduated from the University of Florida with honors in education.
As an international instructions specialist, she helped educators in Guatemala and Honduras. At 7 a.m. one day, she got a call and went to work for the Department of Defense, Mrs. Moore said. “I think she suffered from high school burnout,” Mr. Moore said.
She was subsequently assigned to jobs in Okinawa, Germany and with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Belgium, Mrs. Moore said.
Along the way, she got married and had two children. Her son, Thomas Belvin, 25, of Washington, D.C., and Katrina Hannum, 23, of Norfolk, did not answer calls yesterday.
“She was outstanding employee. She worked very hard throughout her career. We were very proud of her. We wished she were here now,” said Gary Bald, special agent in charge of the FBI in Maryland and Delaware.
Matthew Cella contributed to this report.


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