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Victim's Brother Charged in Reston Homicide

Police say Charles Hamilton fatally shot his 68-year-old sister Ruth Allen on Tuesday.

Charles Hamilton, 59, has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his sister, 68-year-old Ruth H. Allen, Tuesday morning in Reston.

Allen was an environmental health expert, college professor and life coach who lived on Durand Drive in Reston.

Fairfax County Police were called to a home at 11310 Geddys Court after shots were fired around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday. Allen was taken to Reston Hospital Center, where she was declared dead a short time later. Hamilton was was taken into custody at the scene.

NBC4 is reporting the Geddys Court address is the home of Allen and Hamilton's 91-year-old mother, who witnessed the shooting. The siblings had been at their mother’s home, where Hamilton also lived, to discuss the guardianship of another brother who had recently suffered a stroke, NBC4 reported.

It is the second homicide in Reston this year. In June, Bharat Patel was beaten to death outside his apartment near Hunters Woods Village Center.

Allen lived with her husband, George, at 2039 Durand Dr. in Reston.

Next-door neighbor Bill Sennett said Allen was a "nice lady." He said he recently saw her at the Rescue Reston rally against development of Reston National Golf Course. Allen's home on Durand overlooks Reston National.

Allen was a frequent speaker and author on health and environmental topics. She became a certified Integral Life Coach in 1999, according to her business website.

Allen received a PhD from Yale University in 1977 in environmental health. According to her bio, Allen served on the faculty at American University in environmental sciences and management. She completed post doctoral training at Johns Hopkins University in cancer epidemiology, biostatistics, and prevention research from 1983-86, earning a Masters in Public Health in 1984.

Allen also worked as a Senior Environmental Epidemiologist with the U.S. government. She published numerous reports and studies on breast cancer and environmental risk, women's health, geographic patterns of cancer, risk assessment and pesticides.

Allen was a community leader for Reston Baha'i Community and a singer with the Metropolitan DC Baha'i Chorale and the Art of Living NOVA Ashram Bhajan Singers.

Bonnie Bernardini Ekas October 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I just had the wonderful gift of being with Ruthie for 17 days. We had such a lovely ,warm and peaceful visit; filled with laughter,love and fellowship. I will treasure these memories.
Paul Ekas October 18, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I met Ruth this past summer at my Mom's house. She was very nice and easy to talk with. Her family is in my prayers.
Anne October 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I also saw Ruth at the Rescue Reston rally against development of Reston National Golf Course and she was very kind to me.
Lilia JS October 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM
My deepest condolences to Ruth's family and the Baha'i' community. Ruth was deeply loved and admired. My biggest regret is not taking up the offer for mentoring that Dr. Allen kindly offered me in the last couple of month. I am comforted that her soul will continue to bless our community. My prayers go out for everyone touched by her life and her passing.
Dr. Hans Allender February 19, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I had the pleasure to work with Ruth at EPA, as we were involved in different projects. She was a great co-worker with an admirable personality. She had many excellent qualities that I observed carefully and her input to the issues at hand was always defined by a correct assessment. I was shocked at her sudden passing and for sure, I will miss her. Dr. Hans Allender

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