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Daily Real Estate News  |  April 11, 2011  |   Iowa Agent Killed at Model Townhome
Police continue to investigate the shooting and death of a 27-year-old real estate professional at a model townhome in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday.

Ashley Okland of Iowa Realty was shot two times at 2 p.m. Friday inside a model townhome while working at Stone Creek Village, police say. She later died at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

"We have not ruled out anyone or anything as a suspect or a motive," Lt. James Barrett told the Des Moines Register. Police released few details about the shooting and its investigation.

With scant details about a motive behind the shooting, many real estate professionals in the area were on edge over the weekend. Several of the largest real estate brokers in central Iowa canceled open houses that were scheduled for the weekend following news of the shooting.

This marks the second attack on a real estate professional in Iowa this year. In February, a real estate professional was assaulted when showing a home in Ottumwa, Iowa. The agent was able to break free and escape, and two men were later arrested and charged.

Source: “No Leads in Real Estate Agent’s Shooting,” Des Moines Register (April 9, 2011)

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