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Message from DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz

Dear Fellow Vermonters, 

Our state is grieving the tragic and untimely death of Lara Sobel, a wife, mother, friend, neighbor, and social worker at the Department for Children and Families. Our hearts go out to the entire Sobel-Faryniarz family as they grieve this devastating loss. Words cannot express the depth of sorrow we feel for Lara’s husband, daughters, and entire family.

We grieve the tragic loss of our friend and colleague Lara Sobel

The Department for Children and Families and state agencies and individuals across Vermont mourn the tragic death of Lara Sobel, the dedicated Family Services social worker who was tragically shot and killed on Friday, August 7, 2015. Our thoughts are with her husband, daughters, family, friends and co-workers as we all grieve her loss.  

Governor's Statement on Fatal Shooting of DCF Social Worker Lara Sobel

Earlier this evening, a Department for Children and Families (DCF) employee was fatally shot outside of a state office building in Barre. While the investigation is ongoing, it appears at this time that the incident is in connection with the employee's work on behalf of DCF. The identity of the employee is being withheld pending notification of the family.