Cleveland area native, former Portman intern shot to death in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Cleveland area native who was a former intern for Sen. Rob Portman was shot to death in Washington, D.C., Saturday.

Fox News reports that Matthew Shlonsky, 23, was shot during an apparent drive-by shooting and that he likely was not the intended target.

Bob Hasinski was Shlonsky’s hockey coach from 2008-2010 at Brush High School in Lyndhurst. “I always told him, even in high school, I can’t wait to work for you because I knew he was going to be a CEO.. I knew he was going to run for office,” Hasinski said.

“The world lost a super superb human being, he was meant for great things, greater than all of us.”

According to Portman’s office, Shlonsky interned for the senator in Washington D.C. from January to May 2013. He lived in the Washington D.C. area and was an American University graduate, Fox News reports.

In a statement, Portman said:

“This is a terrible tragedy. Matt was a talented young man with a bright future who was taken from us too soon. He was an outstanding intern for me in Washington. Jane’s and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and the Cleveland community during this difficult time.”

Fox News reports that detectives are looking for a burgundy Chrysler 300 with a Maryland registration that drove away from the shooting. Six to seven shots were fired.

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