Brit estate agent, 40, gunned down as she sat in car may have been killed in ‘case of mistaken identity’

A BRITISH estate agent who was shot dead in Florida may have been the victim of mistaken identity, her pal said.

Sara Michelle Trost, 40, an estate agent and property manager, was fatally wounded when a tenant who had been evicted from a rental home allegedly open fire as she sat her car in Coral Springs.


Police believe the victim was shot dead by a disgruntled former tenant of the home, 51-year-old Raymond Reese, who was arrested later that day.

Rabbi Shuey Biston, a close friend of Trost and her family, told The Times: “Apparently the owner of the house, who was evicting the tenant, also had a white Jeep and was a blonde-haired lady — like Sara — and the guy mistook her. It’s devastating.”

Paying tribute to Sara, he said: “Sara was the sweetest of sweet. Always laughing, always joking, always a smile. 

“She was legit the life of the party and the kindest, kindest soul,” he added.

“She would keep bottles of water on the front seat of her car to give to homeless people begging at traffic lines, expressing concern about them standing in the baking sun with nowhere to go.”

Sara’s British parents, whom she had not seen for two years, had been staying with her and her family for a fortnight when she was gunned down. Her brother had arrived in Florida the day she was killed.

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The alarm was first raised at the three-bedroom property at around 12.30pm on Thursday.

But despite the best efforts of paramedics, the mother of one was pronounced dead at the scene.

“When officers arrived, they discovered a vehicle with one female occupant in the driver's seat suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” the Coral Springs police department confirmed in a statement.

“Despite immediate medical treatment, the driver succumbed to her injuries on scene and was pronounced dead.”

Shortly after the incident, Mr Reese was taken into custody as neighbours later claimed that he had been upset after being turfed out of the $515,000 home. 

Police have not revealed any further details, but say that no additional suspects are being sought after at this time.

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