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Order Revoking Pass Was Signed Same Day As Shooting At State Department

August 14, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An order revoking Edward Doster’s pass into the State Department was signed June 21, the same day that Doster used his pass to enter the building and shoot his mother to death, a State Department official said Wednesday.

Doster, 20, smuggled a rifle into the heavily guarded State Department and went to the sixth floor - about 120 feet from Secretary of State George P. Shultz’s office - and shot his mother and then himself.

After the shootings, it was revealed that Carole Doster, fearing for her safety, had asked State Department security officials to revoke the so-called ″dependent’s pass″ that would admit her son to the building.

Mrs. Doster’s letter was dated May 30. However, the department said its investigators determined the letter was not mailed. Instead, Mrs. Doster apparently brought it to the department’s mail room two weeks later.

At that point, it was sent to the security office, located in a department annex, the investigators found.

″On June 19, action was begun on the letter to Mrs. Doster’s son revoking his pass and on instructions to building guards concerning the revocation of the pass,″ said the department statement.

″The order revoking the building pass of Mrs. Doster’s son was signed on June 21 prior to the murder.″

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