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Vehicle of interest in investigation of Dan Markel murder. Police asking that anyone with information contact them at 850-891-4462

Update: Crime Stoppers
September 11, 2014

Big Bend Crime Stoppers is pleased to announce that tips that lead to an arrest in the Daniel Markel case will now be worth $25,000. Daniel Markel was an FSU Law Professor who was murdered in his home on July 18th, 2014.

Once again anonymous donors have contributed to raise the reward from $10, 000 to $25,000. This is the third time that the reward has increased. The first increase was from the Crime Stoppers organization in the amount of $3000. "Since our inception 1984, our reward policy has been to pay up to $1,000 for anonymous information on felony crimes that lead to an arrest by a law enforcement agency. The board felt the time had come to increase the reward amount. The new $3,000 maximum will not be given on all cases, but will be used to pay larger rewards in murder and other major crime cases", said Linda Nelson, Board Chair.

"We know Crime Stoppers works. Crime Stoppers has created an effective method for helping citizens take back control of their communities. We believe these large rewards will motivate those with information about crime to come forward to help law enforcement close cases. We also believe it will be a deterrent," said Sharon Ofuani, Crime Stopper's Executive Director.

While tips may be received through the TPD tip line, crime stoppers will only pay rewards for tips made through the crime stoppers tip line. If you have any information about the Markel case or any crime, you can report it and stay anonymous by calling Big Bend Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-Tips (8477). Tips can also be texted to BBCS-(your message) to CRIMES(274637) or reported online at This LINK.


By Andy Alcock
August 4, 2014

A fundraiser for the two young children of a murdered Florida State law professor has netted more than $54,000 so far.

According to the website "gofundme.com", nearly 200 people have donated in the last two weeks.

The money will go to a trust fund for Dan Markel's two young sons.

Meanwhile the attorney for Markel's ex-wife, Wendi Adelson says Adelson, who's the mother of the children, is deeply concerned about the safety and well being of her sons.

The attorney says Adelson will have no further public comment.


By Andy Alcock
July 31, 2014

Human error may have resulted in a several minute delay getting help to an FSU law professor shot in his car in his own garage.

A redacted version of the 911 phone call on Dan Markel's fatal shooting has now been publicly released.

"I don't know if someone tried to shoot him or he shot himself or what I don't know," an unidentified caller told dispatcher Daniel Mills.

Very early into that 911 call, the caller tells Mills FSU law professor Dan Markel may be a gunshot wound victim after the caller found Markel in his car in his home's garage.

Caller: "He's still alive, he's moving."

Mills: "What's going on with him?"

Caller: "I don't know, the driver's side window is all bashed in, he's got blood all over his head, he's not responding to me."

According to a new investigation of that call by the Consolidated Dispatch Agency, Mills wrongly coded the call as priority 3, a police assist to EMS for an incapacitated individual.

It should've been coded priority one for gunshot victim.

"This was a case of human error that was out of the ordinary for our agency as well as for this individual," said Consolidated Dispatch Agency Director Timothy Lee.

As a result, a TPD unit didn't arrive at Markel's home for 15 minutes.

An EMS crew was ready to go there two minutes into the call, but had to wait to get safety clearance.

When the caller was told police had to arrive first, the caller was clearly agitated.

"Okay we'll we need EMT," the caller said.

The 911 call also revealed the caller thought Markel was getting ready to back out of his garage which was open when he found him.

When asked if he would characterize the shooting as an ambush, Northway said, "Again I can't speculate on what the case would be, I can only speak to the facts of what our investigators have released."

Northway also said the name of the caller was edited out of the 911 tape because he's a key witness in the open murder case.

We're told an average priority one law enforcement response is 5 to 8 minutes less than what happened in this case.

According to Mapquest, Markel's home is a 3 minute drive to Tallahassee Memorial.

Mills is working and getting additional training as this 911 call is reviewed.

He's had no prior discipline actions in 7 years on the job.

Lee says It's unclear if a faster response might have saved Markel's life or given police a better chance to find whoever was responsible for the shooting.


Update: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 31, 2014

The Tallahassee Police Department has released a recording of the 911 call made to Consolidated Dispatch Agency regarding the July 18 shooting of FSU Law professor Dan Markel.

At a press conference this afternoon, officials stated that a dispatching error led to a slower response time when the wrong code was issued.

Full Audio of the released recording can be found below:

Link: Markel 911 Audio

Warning: Some details during the call may be considered graphic.


Update: TPD
July 30, 2014

Due to a generous donation from a private citizen, the reward money offered by CrimeStoppers in the Dan Markel investigation has been raised to $10,000. Community members with information regarding the investigation are asked to call (850) 574-TIPS or (850) 891-4462. CrimeStoppers does not want your name just your information and you may be eligible for a cash reward. All information is confidential.


By: Andy Alcock
July 29, 2014 - 6pm

The murder of an FSU law professor is getting increased national and international attention.

"Young Harvard trained FSU law professor shot dead execution style in his own home," Nancy Grace as she discussed the Dan Markel murder case on CNN's HLN tv Monday night.
"This morning a prominent Florida law professor is at the center of his own murder mystery, one he would not live to see," said CBS This Morning Anchor Norah O'Donnell.

Last Tuesday, CBS This Morning aired its own story.

It's just a sample of the coverage from several national news networks.

News outlets in Markel's hometown of Toronto are also covering the story.

"Any exposure is good in this case because again, we want to bring this terrible tragedy to an end for the Markel family," said Tallahassee Police Spokesman Dave Northway.

To that end, Tallahassee Police investigators have been releasing bits of information to the public in the hopes of getting more leads.

That information includes a request for help identifying what police call a "vehicle of interest" , an apparent silver Prius.

Most recently investigators asked the public for help to see if anyone saw Markel in several areas the day before and the day of his murder.

Those locations include his two sons pre-school, his temple, the FSU Law School and in the retail area around Interstate 10 and Thomasville Road.

"We're hoping someone will come forward and say I saw Mr. Markel over here doing this, talking to this person," Northway said.

Northway also says the dedicated tip line for the case is generating leads.

That number is 891-4462.

While TPD has not indicated if there's a suspect in the case, Northway says, "We will find whoever is responsible."


By: Andy Alcock
July 28, 2014 - 6pm

Creative Pre-School near the intersection of Tharpe Street and Mission Road may be one of, if not the last place Dan Markel was seen before he was fatally shot in his home's garage.

According to the owner and director Doctor Pamela Phelps, Markel arrived with his two young sons about 9 on Friday morning July 18th.

She says parents usually stay a while with the children as they eat breakfast.

Later that morning, a neighbor called 911 about a loud bang.

According to a newly released document in the case, the neighbor found Markel in his garage in his car bleeding and unable to talk and saw the driver's side window bashed in.

The neighbor also saw a vehicle drive away from the scene.

But the TPD report released to Eyewitness News stops as the vehicle is about to be described.

"It's devastating and I just keep everybody in my thoughts and prayers," said FSU Professor Melissa Radey.

Radey says she knew Markel because her two daughters attend the same pre-school as his sons.

Radey says Thursday night before the murder, she saw Markel with his sons at the Trousdell pool and splash park.

"Our kids played together and we chatted," she said.

Doctor Phelps tells says Tallahassee Police came to the pre-school the afternoon of the murder to make sure Markel's kids were safe.

She also said both Markel and his ex-wife Wendi Adelson were devoted parents to the boys.

Phelps called Markel's death a great loss.

In addition to area around the pre-school, investigators believe Markel was also around retail areas near Thomasville Road and Interstate 10, around the FSU law school and in the area of his temple on Kerry Forest Parkway either the day before of the day of his murder.

Markel was driving a 2008 black Honda Accord with Florida license plate 534 YBM.

Anyone who saw him in these areas on July 17th or 18th is asked to call Tallahassee Police at 891-4462.

Eyewitness News has also confirmed Markel was hired as a consultant in a New Jersey case involving four Orthodox rabbis.

They're accused of conspiring to kidnap and force Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, two of the rabbis were recorded discussing plans to kidnap and torture victims.

For one particular target, those plans included kidnapping the victim in a van and assaulting him with a cattle prod.

New York attorney Benjamin Brafman, who represents one of the rabbis, says he recently hired Markel as an expert on conspiracy law.

Brafman says his client is being monitored by ankle bracelet as he awaits trial.

He says the rabbis' case has no connection to Markel's murder.


Update: Tallahassee Police Department
July 28, 2014 - 4pm

The Tallahassee Police Department is releasing a portion of the dispatch call notes from the day of Mr. Markel's death. The notes are available in the PDF attached.

Please note: In order to provide the dispatch notes in a timely manner, the "notes" are from the Fire Department's dispatch log.

If a community member has any information about this case, please call the dedicated “Tip Line” at (850) 891-4462. You may also choose to report any information to CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information is confidential and the reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case is $3000.00


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
July 28, 2014

Investigators involved with the Dan Markel homicide investigation are asking for anyone who may have seen Mr. Markel in the following areas on Thursday July 17th or Friday July 18th, 2014 to please contact the Tallahassee Police Department at the numbers below:


  • The corridor of Interstate 10 (I-10) and Thomasville Road possibly near commercial/retail establishments

  • In the area of Tharpe Street and Mission Road

  • The Surrounding area of the FSU Law School

  • In the area of the Congregation Shomrei Torah Home located at 4858 Kerry Forest Parkway


Mr. Markel would have been driving a 2008 black Honda accord with a Florida license plate of 534YBM.

If a community member has any information about this case or locations, please call the dedicated “Tip Line” at (850) 891-4462. You may also choose to report any information to CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information is confidential and the reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case is $3000.00


By: James Buechele
July 25, 2014 - 11pm

Tallahassee, FL - Newly released details are starting to shed more light on exactly what happened last Friday at the home of Dan Markel.

Dan Markel's home sits peacefully on Trescott Drive Friday evening. But just one week earlier, police and first responders had the road blocked off for hours trying to figure out who killed Markel.

The incident report that TPD released today is heavily redacted. We were able to learn some more information on the case.

According to that report, Markel was shot inside of his garage with no sign of forced entry. His Honda Accord, found at his home, still had the keys inside. The report also indicates evidence was collected from different locations of the crime scene.

"That would mean multiple locations on the property," said Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway. "Outside, inside, things like that. That's denoting where evidence was taken."

TPD says as days continue to go by, the case itself becomes more challenging. But they want to reassure the public of the investigation.

"We are moving forward as fast as we can, but again we would ask the community for patience," Northway said.

Patience not only from a community, but across the nation.

"The law school's in mourning, the community is, and he's got friends all over the nation. Not to mention his two kids," said Reggie Garcia, a friend of Merkel's.

The tip line for the case remains open. That number is (850) 891-4462.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
July 25, 2014 - 1:45pm

Due to recent updates of specific information involving the death of Mr. Markel, TPD investigators have released portions of the original report in the case. A PDF copy of the document is attached.

Chief Michael J. DeLeo is asking for the communities continued support as the investigation moves forward. “Our investigators are using all resources available to them and are continuing to explore all of the tips that we have received. I want to personally thank everyone for the tips we have received in this case and ask you to keep the Markel family in your thoughts and prayers” said Chief DeLeo.

If a community member has any information about this case, please call the dedicated “Tip Line” at (850) 891-4462. You may also choose to report any information to CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information is confidential and the reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case is $3000.00


By: Andy Alcock
July 24, 2014 - 6pm

Goodwill is helping Tallahassee Police try to the solve the murder of a Florida State law professor.

TPD investigators have requested surveillance video from Goodwill's book store at the corner of Thomasville and Betton Roads.

It's not far from Dan Markel's home on Trescott Drive where he was fatally shot in the head Friday.

According to a Goodwill spokeswoman, TPD investigators specifically asked for video between 7 and 11 in the morning the day of Markel's murder.

"The bulk of what our camera is going to show is our donation cneter which is more of the Thomasville Road side," said Goodwill's Donna Wright. "But again, we're happy to give TPD the surveillance with the hope that it can lead to solving this horrible, heinous crime," she said.

Goodwill was expected to get that video to TPD Thursday.

Investigators have also stopped by other nearby businesses seeking surveillance video.

They include the Shell gas station and SunTrust Bank.

The back of Markel's home is close to those businesses.

The back of the home runs parallel to the Betton Hills Nature Trail, specifically, Raccoon Pond Trail.

There's a fenced in creek bordered by a steep rock wall between Markel's home and the nature trail making a possible get away over the backyard fence for a suspect extremely difficult.

The Ashford Club Apartments is on the other side of the trail.

The manager says the complex doensn't have any surveillance cameras.

She says one of the residents saw police lights by Markel's home Friday after the shooting.


By: Andy Alcock
July 23, 2013 - 6pm

Tallahassee Police released a picture Wednesday of a "vehicle of interest" in the fatal shooting of FSU law Professor Dan Markel.

TPD investigators say the picture is from some video captured by a local business of what appears to be a Toyota Prius in the area at the time of Markel's murder.

Those investigators would like similar help from area residents.

"We also think there may be some private residences that now people use surveillance cameras, things like that, for their own protection," said TPD Spokesman Dave Northway. "Please, if you have one of those cameras, let us know. Maybe we can get some images that you don't know are on your video camera," he said.

Northway also says investigators would like help identifying the "vehicle of interest".

"This is a vehicle of interest. It is not a suspect vehicle. We do not believe it is anything more than a vehicle that was in the area and we'd like to talk to whoever that was that inside that vehicle," he said.

TPD investigators say they've received more than 50 phone calls to the dedicated phone line in the case.

That number is 891-4462.

Today, a second bouquet of flowers was left by the front door to Markel's home with an unopened envelope.

Police have not named a suspect in the case.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
July 23, 2014 - 11am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit are continuing to follow leads in the investigation of Dan Markel's death.

TPD says they have received over 50 tips through the dedicated tip line at 850-891-4462.

Investigators have spoken with numerous commercial businesses in the surrounding area and have received several video images of the roadways surrounding the location where the incident occurred.

Chief Michael J. DeLeo is asking anyone with personal video surveillance cameras, who live in the Trescott Drive area to also contact the tip line, as they may have inadvertently recorded any persons or vehicles of interest.

“In this day and age, many of our citizens use cameras for home and personal protection. Our hope is one of those cameras could provide us with a piece of vital information to bring this terrible tragedy to a close for all of those involved” said Chief DeLeo.

Police have also released an image of a vehicle seen in the area on the day of the crime, but stress this is only a vehicle of interest, as it may have been a resident, passerby or delivery driver.

Investigators are urging anyone with information about this vehicle or a similar vehicle to please call the Tip Line.


By: Andy Alcock
July 22, 2014 - 6pm

A Florida State law professor died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Tallahassee Police released that information Tuesday.

A reward leading to his killer's capture has also been increased from $1000 to $3000.

Before his life was cut short by a bullet to the head, Dan Markel made his mark.

It included his work as primarily a criminal law professor at FSU.

"He was a very well respected faculty member, an engaging professor and the students really learned a great deal from him," said FSU Interim President Garnett Stokes.

"He was a tough professor, which is a good thing," said FSU law student Tony Fusco. "He made you understand the material very, very well," he said.

The Toronto native's reputation goes far beyond Florida State.

The Harvard law graduate was considered a leading expert in a theory called "retributive justice".

That theory contends punishment, if it's proportionate, is the best response to people who commit crime.

"As we've found from the national press coverage of this, he was a national and international legal scholar," said neighbor and felllow attorney Reggie Garcia.

Markel also gained notoriety after coming up with the idea of starting what's become a popular legal blog, called PrawfsBlawg with his colleague from Fordham University in New York Ethan Lieb.

"It's something he built from the ground up and I was very honored to be a part of that," Lieb said.

Ironically, the criminal law professor is now a crime victim.

Tallahassee Police have been so flooded with calls. investigators have taken the unusual step of setting up a phone line completely dedicated to tips in the case.

"It's in the investigators best interest so they can access that line quicker ," said Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the special tip line at (850) 891-4462.

You don't have to disclose who you are.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
July 22, 2014 - 11am

The Tallahassee Police Department has issued the following update:

“While our investigators are continuing to interview all witnesses, we would like to thank our community members who have come forward and contacted us via the “Tip Line” we have set up. Remember, any one piece of information could be the one we need to bring this tragedy to a close and we encourage anyone who may have been in the area of the Trescott Drive on Friday July 18th to call us.” said Chief Michael J. DeLeo.

TPD has received so many calls, that the dedicated “Tip Line” remains active at (850) 891-4462, with all calls being returned and all leads investigated. Callers can also choose to report any information to CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information is confidential and we are happy to announce CrimeStoppers has graciously raised the reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case to $3000.00

Chief Michael DeLeo said “While we cannot release specific information or details regarding this case, the Violent Crimes Unit is releasing that Mr. Markel’s cause of death was a fatal gunshot wound to the head. TPD will strive to release updates in a timely manner but must protect the integrity of the case so that we can assure a favorable outcome once this case is brought before the Judicial System.”


Update: CBS News
July 22, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Family, friends and colleagues are grieving the loss of a prominent Florida State University law professor this morning.

Dan Markel was shot in his Tallahassee home. Police are releasing little information, but investigators do not believe this was a random attack, CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports.

Tallahassee police canvassed the area around Dan Markel's home Monday, looking for any clues into his death.

"This is a puzzle and we need to get all of the pieces of the puzzle put together to bring this case to a close," said Officer David Northway.

About 11:00 a.m. Friday morning, officers were first called to Markel's house where they found the popular law professor with an apparent gunshot wound. He was rushed to a local hospital but died a day later from his injuries.

While a recent spree of break-ins had neighbors on edge, police said there was no indication of forced entry at Markel's home, calling his death a homicide

"It was not a robbery," Northway said. "It does not appear that it was a burglary. At this time, it does appear that Mr. Markel was unfortunately the intended victim in this case."

The 41-year-old father of two young boys was in the middle of a divorce.

He taught criminal law at Florida State University but was recognized nationwide, with his writing featured in the New York Times, Slate and the Atlantic. Markel also co-founded a popular legal blog with longtime friend Ethan Lieb.

"Dan Markel was an extraordinary person, an extraordinary scholar, an extraordinary friend, an incredible life that we're pretty sorry to be bereft of now," Lieb said.

Over the weekend, friends and family paid tribute to Markel at a memorial service.

In a statement, Florida State University called him "an outstanding teacher and extraordinary scholar."

A lawyer for Wendi Adelson, Markel's ex-wife, reportedly said she is devastated by the death of Dan, and is very afraid at this time.


By: Andy Alcock
July 21, 2014 6 p.m.

An Internationally known Florida State law professor murdered in his own home was the specific target of that violence.

Tallahassee police investigators are now saying professor Dan Markel's murder was not a random act.

Tallahassee police officers went door to door canvasing the upscale Betton Hills neighborhood looking for information about the murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel.

Flowers were on the front stoop of Markel's home where he was shot. Former Tallahassee Mayor Dorothy Inman lives right across the street.
In the 24 years she's lived there, she says nothing like this has ever happened in her neighborhood.

"It was devastating and particularly for such a young family," Inman said.

Friend and neighbor Reggie Garcia said as he spoke in Markel's criminal law class twice.

"The law school is in mourning, the community is, he's got friends all over the nation not to mention his two young kids," Garcia said.

The Toronto native was married to another FSU law professor Wendi Adelson. According to court records, that relationship soured when Markel claims his wife walked out on him while he was on a trip, emptying their house and bank account and taking their two young boys without notice.

Nearly a year after the couple's divorce agreement was finalized, there's an ongoing unresolved dispute about money.

"I cannot give information of exactly who we're interviewing but I can assure you that we're interviewing everybody that will be connected to this case " said Dave Northway of the Tallahassee Police Department.

Her attorney James Judkins says Adelson is cooperating with police, is not a suspect in the murder and is devastated over the death of the father of her two children.

Adelson was at Markel's memorial service Sunday and was not at her FSU office today.

"It just goes to show you that you really never know what's going on inside of each individual's house," said Rev. Lee Johnson, Markel's neighbor.

Anyone who saw any activity in the 2100 block of Trescott Dr. Friday morning is asked to call 891-4462.


By: Chris Gros
July 21, 2014 - 11 pm

Tallahassee, FL - Two days after FSU Law Professor Dan Markel was gunned down in his own home, questions remain.

Markel’s former students are now without a teacher and left to wonder exactly how this could happen.

"We were all shocked, we heard it happened in the sometime in the afternoon but we didn't know why? We didn't know how? We just heard he was gone and it was a big shock to all of us," said former student Tony Fusco.

"With me you think that if you're interested in criminal defense, something like that is not going to happen to you. You won't be in your house and be killed and it's something that happened to him and there's still a lot of mystery surrounding it," said former student Stephanie Levitt

From students close to home to close friends the grief has spread across the country.

Ethan Leib is a law professor at Fordham University and co-authored a blog with Markel. The two men shared a strong bond for over ten years after they both decided to teach law.

"He sought real intimacy and real human connection. He was never satisfied with just a five minute conversation he wanted to go deep as often as possible," said Leib.

Tallahassee Police have yet to name a suspect in the case.
For now family, friends and former students are left to wonder how something this tragic could happen to Markel.

"He was an incredible person," said Leib.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
July 21, 2014 - 11am

As the Tallahassee Police Department continues to investigate the homicide of Daniel Markel, the Violent Crimes Unit has created a “Tip Line” solely dedicated to this investigation. In an attempt to locate any further witnesses, investigators are asking anyone who may have been in the area of the 2100 block of Trescott Drive on Friday July 18th, 2014 between the hours of 10:00am and Noon to please call us at (850) 891-4462. This includes delivery drivers, visitors to the neighborhood or even pedestrians that were walking in the area who may have seen or heard anything that would lead investigators to the suspect in this case. This phone line will be recorded and callers are asked to simply leave a voice message with as much information as possible about the case. Callers can also continue to use CrimeStoppers at (850) 574 –TIPS. All information is confidential and any information leading to an arrest in this case could provide a cash reward of up to $1000.00.

The initial investigation has provided no indication that this case is connected to a burglary or robbery and investigators are assuring residents there is no evidence this was a random act. Neighborhood residents should continue to be vigilant but it appears at this time that Mr. Markel was the intended victim in this incident.

TPD investigators are continuing to canvas the neighborhood for possible witnesses and further clues to this case. Chief Michael DeLeo said “TPD will work tirelessly to follow up on all leads and evidence in this case and our thoughts and prayers are with the Markel family as they endure this terrible tragedy. My investigators will do everything they can to see those responsible for this murder are brought to justice.”


By: Natalie Rubino
July 20, 2014 - 2pm

The Florida State University Law community is mourning the loss of a professor shot and killed in Tallahassee on Friday, June 18. Family, friends, students and colleagues filled Congregation Shomrei Torah on Kerry Forest Parkway today to remember Dan Markel.

Markel died Saturday morning at a local hospital after police found him with gun shot wounds in his home on Trescott Drive on Friday around 11 A.M. Friends and family spoke at the service, saying Markel was a wonderful father, a renowned scholar, and a person who made friends everywhere he went.

"I am filled with awe and appreciation for the support of our friends and family and particularly for the show of admiration, respect and love for Danny from this Tallahassee family," said Markel's sister, Shelly Markel.

Funeral arrangements are being made in his hometown of Toronto by family members. The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating the case as a homicide. They ask anyone with any information to call 850-606-5800.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
July 19, 2014 - 11:50pm

On July 18, 2014, at approximately 11:00am, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 2116 Trescott Drive in reference to a shooting incident. When officers arrived the victim was found with an apparent gun shot wound. The victim was rushed to a local hospital, but later succumbed to his injury.

The victim has been identified as Daniel Markel.

Members from the Violent Crimes Unit are investigating the incident as a homicide. No suspects have been identified at this time. Community members with information regarding this investigation are asked to please contact the Tallahassee Police Department at 850-606-5800.


By: Eyewitness News
July 19, 2014 - 8:30pm

Tallahassee, FL - Florida State law professor Dan Markel has died after being shot Friday morning.

In a letter sent to College of Law faculty and staff, dean Don Weidner wrote "I am deeply saddened to report that our colleague Dan Markel passed away early this morning. As many of you are already aware, Dan was fatally injured in a shooting incident that took place yesterday and which is still under active investigation by local authorities."

Property records show that Markel lived in the 2100 block of Trescott Drive. This is same location that Tallahassee Police responded to around 11am Friday after a neighbor reported hearing a loud banging noise. Officers located a person with a gunshot wound at the home.

Calls to Tallahassee Police Saturday night were not immediately returned.

According to the law school, Markel's family is making arrangements for a funeral service in his hometown of Toronto.

A memorial service will be held in Tallahassee at noon Sunday. It will take place at Congregation Shomrei Torah, located at 4858 Kerry Forest Parkway.


By: James Buechele
July 18, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Police are investigating a shooting incident on the 2100 block of Trescott Dr.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m.

A neighbor called police after hearing a loud banging noise. When police arrived, they found a person with a gunshot wound.

That person was taken to an area hospital. Police aren't releasing details on the name or where the person was shot.

No further details are available at this time.


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