Dominic “Dom” Zaccarelli, of LaPlata Maryland, passed away at the age of 56 on January 18th, 2021 as a result of complications with Covid-19.
He is preceded in death by his father, Dominic “Doc” Zaccarelli; paternal grandparents, Emidio and Esther Zaccarelli; maternal grandparents, Daniel and Marian Weber; father-in-law, William “Squeeky” Hanson; and mother-in-law Patricia Hanson.
Dominic is survived by his wife, Carol “Kris” Zaccarelli; mother, Jerrilynn Zaccarelli Herfurtner; sisters, Tracy Zaccarelli and Sherri Humphrise (Ramont); children, Carolyn Stewart (Mike), Dominic “Tony” Zaccarelli (Kaitlyn), and Rachel Schmidt (Ethan). He was also an adoring Pop-Pop to Naomi, Melia, Riley, Michael, and Hailey. Dom was also loved by 7 nieces and nephews.
Dom was born on February 25th, 1964 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and when he was 10 years old the Zaccarelli family relocated to Charles County, Maryland. In 1982, Dom graduated from LaPlata High School where he was fortunate enough to meet the love of his life, Kris. Dom and Kris were married on July 16th, 1983 and happily enjoyed over 37 years together.
After graduation, Dom attended Millersville University and later the University of Maryland. Moving back to La Plata, Dom took his first job selling insurance at the Creelman Agency with his father. While working full time, he also started coaching wrestling, baseball, and football over at McDonough High School.
Dom quickly discovered that he was passionate about coaching and helping students fulfill their potential. He was hired as the head football coach at Westlake High School where he fondly became known to students, parents, and staff as “Coach Zac”. In 1996, Dom took on double duty and in addition to head football coach he was also hired as the school’s athletic director, a position he held for 25 years until his passing.
As coach of the Westlake Wolverines for 19 seasons, Dom led the team to an impressive 148 wins and only 34 losses. In 2008 he led Westlake to a 3A Football State Championship Title and in 2015 the state of Maryland recognized Coach Zac for his contributions and inducted him into the Maryland High School Football Hall of Fame.
More impressive than his record, was the impact that Coach Zac had on the community. He had hundreds of players who would go on to play at the collegiate level and numerous players that continued to play in the CFL and NFL. In 2008 after winning the state championship, Dom established the Chick-Fil-A Bowl to help showcase Maryland high school football athletes for college recruiters. He volunteered his time with the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) and fought to expand opportunities for student-athletes across the region. Dom believed in the power of education and always trying your best, on and off the field. He used athletics as a catalyst to share many of life's important lessons with his students.
When he was not working, Dom enjoyed traveling with his wife, Kris, and close friends. If he was home, you could catch him on Sunday watching (and critiquing) the Washington Football Team. He loved spending time with his three children and five grandchildren. Dom was always there for a sound word of advice or to make you laugh.
Dom will be sorely missed by his family, friends and the community he served. Due to COVID restrictions, the funeral service will be invitation only. However, we do plan to live stream the service, so that the members of our community far and wide will be able to celebrate his life and legacy with the family. The link for the live stream will be shared at a later time.
You are welcome to leave comments for the family, we'll be sure to make them aware of them.
Viewing & Funeral Mass
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Hi Folks, Tom here Owner of TMD Enterprises Photography & Videography. With our business being drastically impacted by Covid-19 I am trying to save and cut corners as much as possible. I sort of stumbled upon this cost-saving measure.
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Hello At Large Candidates!
My name is Tom Donohue; I am a photographer / videographer who lives in Ward 8 for just about eight years. The reason I am writing to you is I was thinking, and while looking at the sample ballot, I realized that I didn't recognize many of you that are running for this At Large position, and frankly, that's not fair to you all. So without any expectation of anything in return, I would like to capture a no more than a three-minute video of you via my zoom room, ideally introducing yourself and making a pitch of your candidacy that will be widely circulated on social media.
I give no specific guarantees of its success; however, I will supply each candidate a link they can also promote if they'd like yet. To make it fair to everyone, if you use any of my final videos, you must use it all. That means to be fair to everyone; if you decide to make use of the video, you must share everyone's video as well (it will be one video that can be seen at a specific link I just ask that no one edits just their part out to share) . Now what folks do with it from there is beyond our control, but I would expect each campaign to honor my genuine attempt in helping everyone, and when sharing, please share without any edits. I will not be editing the videos; however, you have 30 minutes to get it right the way you want to. I will take whichever take you can complete within the 30 minutes.
Folks, this is a genuine attempt to help educate our fellow neighbors. I honestly have no affiliation with any particular campaign. My first ever involvement with anything political in DC will be my assisting the Anacostia Coordinating Council with the broadcasting of Mondays Ward 8 & At Large State Board of Education Candidate Forum. That's it.
So no secret agenda or affiliation – just a local small business that wants to help educate our neighbors while things are so quiet with my own business due to Covid-19.
To register for your 30-minute slot, please go to http://tmdenterprises.tinyc.co/recording Again, this is a free service to your campaign. I am offering it to each campaign, and it will take very little work on both our parts; however, it will help get your word out. Again, my only goal is to provide an additional outlet to help all candidates. When I started thinking about my ballot, I didn't realize how many of you there were and that I couldn't vote in good conscience if I didn't know anything about everyone, until now. Hopefully, others will watch and also gain the same insight. I'd suggest of each campaign, list additional ways to learn more about you and how to contact you during your Three minutes. Listen, I have a very aggressive schedule for this. I want to capture your remarks Fri and Sat and hopefully have it completed by Monday, fingers crossed. Now, who is in?
Just go to http://tmdenterprises.tinyc.co/recording and sign up for a 30-minute slot; we'll meet in my zoom room. Please be ready, prepared, and have practiced. I will not go over 30 minutes. Remember, keep it to three minutes and see you soon.
If you'd like to make contact with me, I can be reached at [email protected] or via phone at 202-525-4390 x102
Thank you for your consideration. I hope this effort is helpful to everyone
As a resident of Ward 8 in DC for eight years, I got fed up thinking about the lack of updates regarding the mass shooting that occurred a few weeks ago this email chain with DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson which starts at the bottom. Read from the bottom to the top.
Mr. Chairman & Neighbor,
With all due respect, and I mean that sincerely – you sir are an elected official. You have chosen to be a publicly paid public servant for that I thank you. With this comes a great deal of responsibility as you and your colleagues are tasked partly with my neighbor's safety. You represent us, and when I believe my safety and well-being are in jeopardy, I must speak out and let my elected officials know. I think it is also your responsibility to inform us of updates related to those matters of most importance.
Chairman, I apologize that you feel you have to take my concerns. Rather than acknowledge and understand them, you choose to defend your actions regarding the single largest mass shooting in Washington, DC history. Did you even recognize my concerns in your response? Have you yet answered my specific question about the four gunmen's whereabouts? No, Instead, you let my criticism of you, an elected official, apparently offend you and then try to discredit my due diligence claiming the information I had provided was untrue. Sir, the information I provided publicly was information you offered me due to my using your 'meetup' online forum you created for residents of the District to communicate with you and ask you questions.
I, in turn, captured your entire response to my question and included it in my article. So your claim to try to discredit me rather than listen to me is flawed by the use of your own words. "I did talk to the chief about it at the time.' You make no further indication of any other efforts in your two-minute ramble about something other than what I specifically asked. I asked, "Sir, Two weeks past and no update on four shooters that caused the largest mass shooting in DC history and largest in the country this year…". That was then translated by your team and read to you as "Do you have any update on the shooting at the mass gathering that happened in Ward 7 two weeks ago?" To which your response was, "I do not have an update on that." My frustration with you and other Council members is that, like in your answer, there has been no attention or pressure brought on publicly or even publicly discussed where the four gunmen continue to threaten our neighborhoods. Not once in your rambling response on gun laws did you mention the urgent need to get these individuals identified and brought to justice for the murder of a 17-year-old Washingtonian who was also the father of a one-year-old. Did you happen to forget about the victims of this mass shooting?
With that said, my account of your response since the shooting was accurate, and Sir, you are your source, you made no mention of any other conversations with anyone since the incident.
I did my due diligence; I went to several sources, you, MPD, & Ms. Tiffany Brown. I contacted the public information officer and asked specific questions:
"There have been no updates on the mass shootings that occurred on August 9th. Why haven't there been any updates about the largest mass shooting in DC history to the public? Are there any updates in general? There were well over 150 people. Do you have any video or images to release any description of the shooters? Are you still thinking four shooters? Any details as to why it happened? Also, please confirm that no charges have been filed against anyone, including the organizers. Finally, how is the off duty police officer?" I published MPD's entire response.
Finally, I had another brief conversation with the mother of Christopher Brown, Tiffany. I can't imagine the pain she is feeling. Now I understand that several departments likely will become subject of possible legal action and, understandably, what might be said from the local government may be limited, but for God sakes, no one from city government, including the CM from Ward 7, could have visited her, updated her – nothing!? I can't imagine how frustrating it must be for her to push forward each day, knowing that at any point, she could be passing by the killer who shot her son dead and ended a relationship that his son will never remember. She, of all people, should be given the courtesy of some updates.
See Mr. Chairman, you sir should be thankful to have community involvement and citizen concern. I stand by my characterization of my email based on the information you provided me. You made no other accounting of any other meeting you had with MPD when answering my inquiry. This Sir is not about my' politics.' I do not want my frustration likened to anything other than the disappointment of City Council and your Chairmanship. Four shooters, including one murderer, roam loose on our streets. All four of these criminals have zero concern for any of our neighbors' lives, as evidenced by what sounds to be random neighbors shot that night. These are four dangerous individuals who must be removed from our streets - if not for the neighbors and community at large, but Christopher, his son, for his mother and family.
See, its easy for you to 'liken' my frustration to politics. However, what has been lost upon you, Sir, is in your attempt to divert blame - one of your neighbors is concerned for other children being shot, other fathers, being shot, our neighbors being shot, or, worst-case scenario, me being shot. That there is genuine concern for my neighbors for myself, not politics. Define it as you want; however, this is about my neighbors' elected politicians' accountability for keeping us informed. You are welcome to avoid facing my initial concern over the four gunmen running our streets. However, suggesting my correspondence is anything other than my attempt to help bring justice to Ms. Brown and her family & friends and help bring a sense of safety to my southeast neighbors. Your decision to likening my genuine concern to our President is disgusting. I haven't picked any fights in the eight years I have lived in DC except for a stop sign. However, I do have to agree this is a fight I am willing to pick. Yes, I hold you, Council, any agency tasked with finding those who killed our 17-year-old father and neighbor.
Additionally, 21 others were shot or injured that August night. Their lives were changed forever. The Council must pressure MPD and the Mayor to find those responsible as quickly as possible while keeping District residents updated on any progress. This way, not only can the family of Christopher Brown finally rest, so can my criticism of how this matter has been handled. Until then, you can expect me to use any medium possible moving forward to keep this matter alive until this 'horrible situation' involving the lives of so many DC residents solved, and the gunmen are removed off our streets.
I think you're right; our community has become complacent with the nearly daily, sometimes hourly reports of shootings. We hear the rounds go off as we lay in bed or are on the couch watching tv. All we can do is sit and pray that one of those bullets doesn't stray to find another child in its path or end of another neighbors life. It's not a matter of our community accepting of gun violence; it's a matter of survival; it's a matter of the inability to find a solution to a problematic situation. Our neighbors of the District of Columbia rely on your attentiveness, assertiveness, and the District's rich resources to quickly find a resolution without violating anyone's constitutional rights. That's why you were elected; it wasn't to criticize a neighbor when that neighbor expressed concern over his well-being and his neighbors' safety and well-being.
Respectfully frustrated, your Ward 8 neighbor,
PS, I have emailed the Judiciary Committee expressing these same concerns with no response from any other City Council member other than CM Vincent Gray.
PPS, If you don't tell us, we don't know.
From: Mendelson, Phil (COUNCIL) <[email protected]>
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2020 4:53 PM
To: Tom Donohue <[email protected]>
Cc: Walton, Lindsey (Council) <[email protected]>
Subject: FW: Mass Shooting
Your email is dated August 28th. It accused me: “The Chairman hasn’t even inquired.” That is factually untrue; by August 28th I had discussed the shooting twice with the Chief of Police. As I said at the “meetup,” a portion of which you included on your blog (link), I spoke with the Chief “at the time” the shooting occurred. Please re-listen to your own blog. I spoke with him again, last week, after my monthly meeting with him.
I find the public discourse over current events has become increasingly and unnecessarily angry and combative. Perhaps it is not prudent for me to push back. It is fair to ask what I’ve done rather than accuse me of doing “nothing,” not “even inquired.” I don’t know your politics, but I want to liken this to the President: pick fights rather than resolution.
So what have I done? I continue to press law enforcement agencies through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (on which I sit) to be more aggressive about gun violence and looking at deterrent steps that can be taken (like specialized gun prosecutions, gun court, immediate step backs for anyone accused of a gun offense while on probation, parole, or pending trial, etc.) I wrote our gun laws which arguably are the strongest in the nation. I meet monthly with the Police Chief to discuss gun violence. I’ve supported alternative approaches like violence interrupters. I’ve put money in the budget for an organization called DC Witness to track what actually happens to homicide cases, because I believe accountability is sorely lacking over what the US Attorney does with gun violence (see dcwitness.org). I’m open to proposals that have been successful in other jurisdictions. I should note, though, that primary jurisdiction at the Council for public safety lies with the Judiciary Committee chaired by Councilmember Charles Allen. There was a mass shooting when I chaired that Committee 10 years ago and I immediately held a public hearing.
I also believe that our community is more accepting of the violence than it should be, even though most individuals would deny this. But it would be good if more people were as angry as you.
Thank you for taking the time to write.
Two Weeks and nothing. The Chairman hasn’t even inquired. Does he care about us in southeast? 4 FOUR shooters are still at large and the Chairman doesn’t even care to follow up about them?
8 year Ward 8 Resident and small business.
It’s now been over two weeks since the shooting that took place on Sunday, August 9th at 12:20 am on the 3300 block of Dubois St SE Twenty-one people were shot and one 17-year-old young man, Christopher Brown a proud father of a one-year-old was killed. Ask yourself if anyone from DC Gov't or even news outlets have updated you on the four shooters (or whom I've called killers because all of were prepared to shoot to kill). Nope, nothing from literally everyone. Imagine if the major networks were standing out on Dubois St as if it was a school shooting, Think there would be this silence? if that doesn’t make you pissed the following might.
Two Weeks Later and This is What We Know…
Tiffany Brown, Christopher Brown's Mother confirmed to TMD Enterprises on Thursday evening she informed us that she hasn't heard anything. She deserves an update, she deserves to know her son's killer is being tracked down, she deserves a sense of safety, and frankly, with the inaction of MPD, she deserves justice.
In an email to TMD Enterprises Sean Hickman, Public Information Officer says, "MPD is currently investigating the circumstances around this incident. This is an ongoing investigation and there are no updates at this time. MPD has not released any photos or video footage. The off-duty officer is recovering and in stable condition." Not only does City Council not have an update or even inquired about the incident since it occurred MPD has nothing to offer as an update. Over two weeks later, hundreds attending and not one photo, or video, not one description of any of the four shooters. The streets of Southeast Washington DC have four gunmen one of which is a murderer roaming the streets able to shoot again and two weeks later there is no update and the Councilmember responsible to its constituents in Ward 7 has done nothing to pressure or even show condolences to the family of Christopher Brown. That is a shame. The largest mass shooting in DC history and everyone is mute two weeks later.
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