In 1 Week, 2 Real Estate Agents Fatally Shot

December 14, 2016

Real estate safety remains a concern after two agents were murdered in separate incidents this past week. Both deaths are under police investigation.

In Atlanta, police continue to look for a suspect in the death of David Abbasi, 32, who had been visiting an abandoned home that he had expressed some interest in purchasing. While touring the home, he was fatally shot inside the home twice. Police responded to a call regarding shots fired last Friday and continue to investigate.

Neighbors told police they’ve been concerned about the abandoned house since renovators walked away from finishing the remodel months ago. The house was left unsecured, and they’ve been concerned vagrants may have been living inside. Neighbors told reporters they believe Abbasi may have walked in on an armed squatter.

The home “was in disrepair, and a lot of neighbors complained to code enforcement trying to get them to either demolish the house or properly board it up,” neighbor Kathleen O’Loughlin told reporters.

In an unrelated case, this Monday, Tom Niblo, vice president and commercial agent for Senter, REALTORS®, was shot at 6:18 p.m. inside his home in Abilene, Texas. Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge says he believes the shooting was not random, and he says that Niblo was not killed during a burglary or a robbery.

The police continue to investigate and no arrests have been made in either of the cases.

Source: “Real Estate Agent Killed in Shooting at South Abilene Home,” KTX-12-ABC (Dec. 12, 2016) and “Cherokee Real Estate Developer’s Body Found Inside Abandoned Home,” WSB-TV 2 Atlanta (Dec. 12, 2016)