- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 22, 2004

Metropolitan Police yesterday found a rental car connected to the investigation of a slain former school board member, the same day his funeral was held.

Terry Hairston was found fatally shot May 15 in his home in Southeast. The rental car he was using, which had been missing since the shooting, was found yesterday.

Police were called to Mr. Hairston’s home at 335 Burns St. SE soon after 11 a.m. May 15. They found Mr. Hairston, 38, dead of a gunshot wound to the body, said police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile.

The rental car, a silver 2004 four-door Nissan Sentra, with Virginia license plates YFU 2586, was found about 11:30 a.m. yesterday in the 4200 block of Benning Road NE, about a mile from Mr. Hairston’s home.

“Someone saw the vehicle in a private parking lot behind an apartment building and recognized the car from reports,” Sgt. Gentile said.

The investigation is continuing, Sgt. Gentile said. No one has been arrested in the case.

Mr. Hairston’s funeral was held yesterday at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Southeast. Mayor Anthony A. Williams and former Mayor Marion S. Barry were among those in attendance.

“It was absolutely beautiful,” said Cheri Tyner, Mr. Hairston’s sister. “It was a service fit for a king. Truly fitting.”

Mr. Hairston was actively involved in D.C. politics, becoming the youngest elected official in the District when he was elected in 1994 to represent Ward 7 on the city’s school board.

Mr. Hairston ran unsuccessfully in 1996 against Kevin P. Chavous for the council’s Ward 7 seat. He was planning to run against Mr. Chavous again for the seat this fall.

After the funeral service, his mother, Almetia Hairston-Hamilton, said she would run for the seat in place of her son.

Mr. Hairston, who was born in Danville, Va., moved with his family to the District in 1967.

He graduated with honors from Mackin Catholic High School and then Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1990, where was he also an honor student.

He taught elementary and secondary school in the District and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. In 2001, he traveled to South Korea, where he spent two years teaching English.

• This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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