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By David Patterson Your Union AFSCME in the News Health & Safety
Member Is Victim in Wave of Violence
Clarence “Wade” Havvard, an AFSCME Local 725 member and employee of the Indianapolis/Marion County Department of Public Works (DPW), was killed Aug. 26 in a wave of violence that has struck the city in recent weeks.

INDIANAPOLIS – Clarence “Wade” Havvard, an AFSCME Local 725 member and employee of the Indianapolis/Marion County Department of Public Works (DPW), was killed Aug. 26 in a wave of violence that has struck the city in recent weeks.

A father of four, the 32-year-old Havvard began working at the city’s Parks Department as a seasonal worker before joining the DPW and AFSCME since Sept. 15 of last year. Havvard was apparently sitting outside with friends. When the friends left, gunshots came from in between two houses and struck him in the chest. He died at the hospital a short time later.

“He was a hardworking employee,” said fellow Local 725 member Shonna Quick-Crowell. “This is a tremendous loss to our local and the city of Indianapolis. He will truly be missed.”

“It takes a heartless, soulless person to do something like this,” said Donnica Bates, the victim’s cousin. “He was a beautiful human being. He was a family man. His children will never see him walk through the door again.”

Fraternal Order of Police President Rick Snyder said police will work nonstop to find Clarence Havvard’s killer. The investigation is ongoing.