Marion Christopher Barry, the son of infamous Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry former candidate for the Ward 8 council seat, died Sunday due to a drug overdose. He was 36 years old.
According to a D.C. police report, just after midnight, Barry stepped outside of a home on Pomeroy Road SE and smoked K-2, which is a type of synthetic drug — along with PCP. He had struggled with drug use in the past.
In a statement, Cora Masters Barry, Christopher’s stepmother and the widow of Marion Barry, said she was devastated by the younger Barry’s death.
“My heart is broken,” she said. “I am in shock. The news of his death is beyond comprehension.”
Barry is survived by his grandmother Polly Lee Harris.
Liz Matory, 36, the campaign manager in his run for the Ward 8 seat, said Barry was reflective in his final days and hours, trying to plot his next move. Coming off the election loss, reeling from the death of his father and that of close friend A.J. Cooper in 2014, and working to secure bids for his construction business, Barry was at a crossroads in life, friends said. He weathered it with support from friends but often felt alone, they said.
Via Washington Post
Barry recently lost the home of his late father, as he couldn’t keep up with the payments.