Fairfax County Sheriff Stan G. Barry's wife of 3 months, Megan Owen Barry, was found shot to death in their Centreville home on Valentine's Day 2003, and police investigated the case as a suicide. Barry called police and reported a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The sheriff said he had stepped outside briefly and returned to find his wife lying fatally wounded inside.
[I have searched library archives and cannot find an obituary notice. Did Megan have one?]
WIFE'S SUICIDE LEAVES SHERIFF GRIEF-STRICKEN
SUICIDE SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF SHERIFF'S WIFE
Saturday, February 15, 2003
[Excerpts] Fairfax County Sheriff Stan G. Barry's wife was found shot to death in their Centreville home early yesterday, and police were investigating the case as a suicide. Megan Owen Barry, 30, was an associate at the Falls Church and Richmond offices of the Reed Smith law firm and had been working as a lobbyist at the state Capitol on Thursday night. She returned home later Thursday, and Stan Barry called police about 12:30 a.m. yesterday and reported a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The sheriff apparently had stepped outside briefly and returned to find his wife lying fatally wounded inside, authorities said. Police sources said the evidence at the scene was consistent with suicide. An autopsy was performed yesterday, but no determination on a cause of death was released. Barry declined to comment. Megan and Stan Barry were married in November in a civil ceremony officiated by Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush. It was her first marriage. Stan Barry has two daughters from a previous marriage. Megan Barry received a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Last year, she worked as a special assistant to the secretary of health and human resources. More recently, she worked as a lobbyist for advocates for a new seat belt law. Word of her death filtered through the state Capitol just as the House of Delegates and Senate were going into session... Stan Barry (D), 45, was elected sheriff in 1999 after 19 years as a deputy. He has said he plans to run for reelection this year...
MEMORIES OF A FRIEND
Posted by Jason Byrne in LAFK
February 21, 2010
[Excerpts] ...Megan was fascinating – smart, beautiful, ambitious, and possessing a sense of herself and her place in the world that was remarkable... And while she was very pretty (distractingly so for many of my fellow male Young Dems) , what seemed to grab and hold everyone’s attention was how amazingly cool she seemed... She was, and remains, one of the smartest people I’ve ever known... Throughout the years since her death, I’ve thought about her and wondering where she would have been on her path if she was still with us. By age thirty, she’d become a lawyer, a lobbyist, a wife, and a step-mother (all of which she worked as hard at as ever). She would now be closer to 40 than 30... [Full blog post here]