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Sara Trost, 40, has been shot in Florida

Estate agent shot dead ‘by evicted tenant as she was showing home to potential new tenant’

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A British real estate agent in Florida was allegedly shot dead by an evicted tenant outside a home she was showing to a potential new renter, after calling for tighter gun control on social media before her death.

Originally from Southend, Essex, 40-year-old Sara Trost was fatally shot on Thursday while she was inside her Jeep, parked in the driveway of a home in the Coral Springs area, 40 miles north of Miami.

The suspect, 51-year-old Raymond Reese was arrested later the same day. He reportedly used to be a tenant of the property in the area of the 5700 block of Northwest 48th Court.

Police have not provided details on what led to the murder but neighbors said Reese was an upset tenant after he was thrown out of the $515,000 home.

‘There was a disgruntled tenant who was evicted. He thought that the realtor, who was showing the home, he thought it was the owner of the house, and she was ambushed. She was sitting in her car,’ Donna Smith, who lives in the area, told WPLG Local 10.

Trost was a married mother with a three-year-old daughter, living in Parkland, 48 miles north of Miami, with her American husband, Jason. Before developing her property business for the last eight years, she had worked as an interior designer.

 

Trost (left) was married to American husband, Jason (right), and lived in Parkland, 48 miles north of Miami with their three-year-old daughter (center)

Trost (left) was married to American husband, Jason (right), and lived in Parkland, 48 miles north of Miami with their three-year-old daughter (center) 

 

Paramedics rushed onto the three-bedroom property’s driveway around 12.30p.m. on Thursday to try and save the mother-of-one’s life.

‘When officers arrived, they discovered a vehicle with one female occupant in the driver’s seat suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Despite immediate medical treatment, the driver succumbed to her injuries on scene and was pronounced dead,’ the Coral Springs police department said.

Police arrested Reese in the town of Boca Raton, shortly after on the same day.

 

Raymond Reese, 51,  allegedly shot Trost in the driveway of a $515,000 home on Thursday. He is being held without bond at the Main Detention Center in West Palm Beach on charges of first degree murder

Raymond Reese, 51,  allegedly shot Trost in the driveway of a $515,000 home on Thursday. He is being held without bond at the Main Detention Center in West Palm Beach

on charges of first-degree murder

‘There are no additional suspects being sought, nor is there a threat to the community,’ the police report added.

Prior to her death, Trost had been vocal on social media about America’s gun culture after the infamous nearby high school shooting in 2018 in Parkland, where 17 people died and 17 others were injured.

‘Australia had one incident. One, They FIXED IT. UK had ONE incident. They FIXED it. How? With action. Using their brains. It was not difficult for either country to find a workable and successful solution,’ Trost shared on Facebook.

‘Here in the US we seem to start and stop at ‘thoughts and prayers.’ Doesn’t seem to be working right,’ she added.

A friend commented: ‘Gotta move. It’s not going to change.’

‘You are right,’ Trost responded.

The shooting remains under investigation. No trial for Reese has been set at this time.

As of Friday evening, Reese is booked into the Main Detention Center in West Palm Beach, according to arrest records. Reese is being held without bond.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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