Florida Real Estate Agent Gunned Down By Evicted Tenant In Case Of Mistaken Identity

Florida Real Estate Agent
Raymond Wesley Reese

Florida real estate agent Sara-Michelle Trost was gunned down outside a house she was showing on December 23rd. The killer was a former tenant who mistook Trost for the building’s landlord. 

Neighbor Donna Smith described the shooter as a disgruntled former tenant to Local News 10:

He thought that the realtor, who was showing the home … was the owner of the house when he ambushed her in her car.  

Coral Springs Police told the media that Raymond Wesley Reese was charged with first-degree murder for killing Trost.

Reese shot 40-year-old Trost multiple times while she sat in the driver’s seat of her Jeep. She parked her car outside the home waiting to show the property where Reese had previously lived. Paramedics called to the scene were unable to save her.

The Sun-Sentinel is also reporting that Reese was booked Thursday evening and is being held without bond, 

Trost was a British ex-pat. She owned and operated 1% Lists SoFlo. 1% Lists SoFlo was discount real estate brokerage in Coral Springs. The single mom was enjoying success in the hot Florida real estate market.

“Is it a crazy time for real estate? YES!,” she posted on her business’s Facebook page on Thursday morning, hours before she was killed. “But even so, just when you think it will ‘slow down for the holidays’… errrrm… NO!”

She went on to describe a property she listed on Monday “thinking it will be so quiet…. totally wrong!” she wrote. “Just goes to show… never underestimate the power of a gorgeous home in a low-supply and high-demand area! Congrats to the lucky buyer!

Florida Real Estate Agent Was A Mom Who Loved Animals

Trost was also a volunteer for the Paw Patrol Animal Rescue & Sanctuary. She fostered many dogs over the years, sharing images on her personal Facebook page as recently as October of a pooch she was caring for.

“Our heart goes out to Sara Michelle, her daughter, her husband Jason, and her whole family, her fur children, as well as her human child,” said Rachel Lucuara, of the Paw Patrol Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.

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