Clare Lenore Stoudt, a 35-year-old mother of five, was found dead in her home over the weekend. Stoudt was a tax associate at Pillsbury Winthrop. According to the ABA Journal, authorities believe that Stoudt may have been the victim of a murder-suicide:

The father of her three youngest children, Reginald Van Graves, 49, also was found apparently shot to death in the Howard County home, and a gun was in the vicinity, authorities say. A custody case over the three children, aged 2, 5 and 7, had begun less than a week earlier in Howard County Circuit Court.

The Howard County Times reports that police say the deaths may have been a murder-suicide. Autopsies have not yet been completed, however, and the investigation has not concluded.

Christine Kearns, managing partner for Pillsbury’s D.C. office, released the following statement for the firm….

Kearns gave a statement about Clare Stoudt to the Baltimore Sun:

“She was a special person,” said her boss, Tina Kearns. “She did not have it easy.” Stoudt stood out both professionally and personally, she said.

“She was a very good tax lawyer” hired right out of Georgetown’s law school, Kearns said. “She was universally loved and admired around here because of her unconventional [professional] route,” which included years of attending college and law school at night and online.

Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends of Stoudt, as well as the entire Pillsbury Winthrop community.

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