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UPDATE: Houston City Council Member Larry Green Is Found Dead

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is working to determine the cause of death

Council Member Larry Green.

Houston City Council member Larry Green was found dead on Tuesday. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) is working to determine the cause of death and a spokeswoman for the HCIFS said an autopsy will be performed on Wednesday.

Green served on the Houston City Council since 2012 representing District K, which stretches from the edge of the Texas Medical Center to Fort Bend County.

He chaired the city’s Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee.

Mayor Sylvester Turner released a statement in which he said he was “shocked and grieving” over Green’s “untimely death.”

“Larry Green was the first and only District K council member following the south/southwest district’s creation for the 2011 municipal elections. He was the right person to give definition to this new alliance of neighborhoods and businesses: A hard worker. Not a grandstander. He shared in the economic advances and public safety strides of the district without taking the credit for himself. ‘We’ have fought together ‘to build up the economy of District K,’ he wrote on his campaign web site,” added the mayor in his statement.

Mayor Turner also praised Green through his Twitter account.

At Tuesday’s public session at City Hall, council members expressed their sympathies.

Council member Dave Martin said Green would always wear green, even if the mayor asked them to wear red for Christmas.

“Tomorrow I’m wearing a green tie,” Martin said. “And I’m inviting everybody in the city to wear the color green in memory of our dear friend and brother Larry Green.”

U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, herself a former City Council member, attended the meeting to honor Green.

“A green man he was,” she said. “His celebration of his district and the improvements of both in terms of infrastructure, flooding, but if there was a project, mayor, that he could grab for his district, he was grabbing it.”

Later, in a statement distributed via email, Jackson Lee noted: “I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of my dear friend, Councilman Larry Green, and my heart goes out to his family and loved ones.”

“Although the years of his life were short,” the congresswoman’s statement added “the life lived in those years by Councilman Larry Green was vibrant, dynamic, purposeful, and directed toward service to others.”

Al Green, another Democratic Congressman from Houston, also expressed his condolences. “I knew Larry for many years as a fierce advocate and public servant who dedicated his career in service to his constituents,” the congressman expressed in a statement and noted that Green “served Houston honorably by creating a sense of community throughout his work within Houston and Fort Bend County neighborhoods and businesses.”

“The City of Houston has lost one of its greatest assets,” the congressman’s statement added “but his legacy will continue and support for his efforts will surely grow throughout the community. His tireless commitment to constituents in District K should be admired by all.”

Texas State Senator Borris Miles (Democrat-District 13) also lamented Green’s death and underlined in a statement that the Council member “worked to increase economic development and opportunities in his district, improve policing to keep families safe and over the past six months, on Harvey recovery.”

“He was well-respected among community leaders, business leaders and the Texas delegation and worked hard to ensure Houston was in the best position possible for success,” added Miles, who explained he was had become a friend of Green’s since they were 13 years-old.

 

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