Murdered FSU law professor was targeted

Tallahassee, Florida -- Dan Markel, 41, was a father of two and popular law professor at Florida State. The Tallahassee Police Department wants to know who would kill him Friday morning at his home.

Lynn and Julie Pararo live in the Betton Hills neighborhood. They didn't know Markel but news of his death was shocking.

"It was something more to it than meets the eye I believe," Lynn said.

"Of course, we don't really know what happened but that scared me," Julie said.

Recent break-ins in the area has had residents there on high alert. But, police assure them this was not a random act, but Markel was the intended victim.

Police held a press conference Tuesday, explaining how Markel died.

"Appears to be a gunshot wound to the head. Again our thoughts and prayers are with the family members," said Dave Northway with the Tallahassee Police Department.

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But, they weren't giving up many more details as per their policy. Why do they believe he was targeted?

"I will not be able to answer any specifics about that."

Do they have any leads on suspects?

"I cannot provide any intimate details of the case."

Also, were there any signs of forced entry?

"That, again, is another question I cannot answer," Northway said.

Nothing concrete was provided about what happened 11 a.m. that Friday.

At the time of his death, he was going through divorce proceedings with fellow FSU law professor Wendi Adelson. Police have not identified her as a suspect.

"I hope the children will be okay. I feel for those small kids," Julie Pararo added.

Crime Stoppers in Tallahassee is offering an award of $3,000 for anyone who has information that can help lead to an arrest.


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