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Police: Markel Died Of Gunshot Wound to Head

Police: Markel Died of Gunshot Wound to Head

By: WCTV Eyewitness News Email
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Update: Tallahassee Police Department
July 22, 2014

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: Chris Gros
UPDATED July 21, 2014 11:24 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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