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Man found slain at Suburban Hospital identified as worker there

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 3, 2011; 6:42 AM

The man found slain Saturday at Suburban Hospital was identified Sunday as a 40-year-old lead building engineer in the hospital's plant operations department.

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Montgomery County police and hospital officials identified him as Roosevelt Brockington Jr. of Lusby.

He had worked at Suburban for more than four years and was responsible for operating and maintaining the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. He was found in what the hospital described as a "non-patient care area of the hospital."

Police gave no information Sunday about any motive in the attack, which prompted a room-by-room search of the hospital and caused it to be placed temporarily on lockdown.

No description of a suspect was available late Sunday.

Also unavailable was official information about how Brockington was killed. However, a family source said it was understood that he had been stabbed three times.

In a news release Sunday, the police said he had suffered "trauma to his upper body" but provided no additional details.

Police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said that the investigation into Brockington's death was "very active" but that "there are a lot of particulars we are unable to confirm at this time."

Police said that about 10:29 a.m. Saturday, they received a report of an assault at the hospital, in the 8600 block of Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda.

They said the victim was found unresponsive.

"Despite the heroic efforts of the hospital's emergency response team, attempts to resuscitate" Brockington "were not successful," the hospital said.

Brockington "was a wonderful man," his mother, Mary Brockington, said in an interview Sunday night.

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