Agent Receives Generous Support After Brutal Attack
June 23, 2020
A crowdfunding page has already raised more than $120,000 just three days after a real estate agent in Lynchburg, Va., was attacked with a wrench at an open house this weekend.
Lenora Farrington, with Keller Williams Realty, was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries and multiple skull fractures following an attack at an open house on Saturday.
Police have arrested and charged Dustin Holdren, 34, on charges of aggravated malicious wounding. The arrest warrant alleges that Holdren beat Farrington with the “intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill.”
Teresa Grant, operating principal at Farrington’s firm, Keller Williams Realty in Lynchburg, Va., recounted to reporters the events during the open house. She said that Holdren arrived at the open house, signed in using his name, and spoke with Farrington about his family and job. He left after someone else arrived to look at the home. But Grant says he then returned, claiming to have forgotten his phone. He attacked Farrington with a wrench.
Farrington, a second-degree black belt, fought back, Grant reported.
Farrington was hit with the wrench 10 to 12 times.
Farrington did not know Holdren previously. Police are continuing to investigate.
Real estate pros are on edge after the attack. They’re also displaying an outpouring of support for Farrington. Grant set up a GoFundMe page for Farrington to help cover her medical expenses.
So far, more than $120,000 has been raised via about 2,100 donations.
Walter Perrow, president of Mariners Landing Development Company, where the open house was being held, released the following statement following the attack: “We condemn this appalling attack and wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the victim and her family. All of us here, as well as many we’ve heard from around the lake community, were shocked by the assault and are praying for a quick and complete recovery. We’re working together with the sheriff’s department on ideas and solutions to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.”
“REALTOR® Didn’t Know Attacker Who Assaulted her at Open House, Company Says,” WDBJ7.com (June 22, 2020) and “‘She Should Be Dead’: Friends, Colleagues React to REALTOR®’s Attack at Open House,” WSLS.com (June 22, 2020)
Updated: November 30, 2020