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June 27, 2016

N.C. Agent Fatally Stabbed in Parking Lot

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N.C. Agent Fatally Stabbed in Parking Lot

The industry is mourning the death of real estate professional Christina Louise Kessinger, who died last Friday after being stabbed in the head with a screwdriver in a downtown parking lot in Asheville, N.C.

Kessinger, 62, was a real estate professional with Asheville Realty Group for six months before her death. Police say it does not appear that Kessinger and the man accused of killing her knew each other.

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Kessinger’s body was found by police at around 4:30 p.m. last Friday in the Central Office Park parking lot, about 0.7 miles from her real estate group’s office. Bobbie Baxter, co-owner of the Asheville Realty Group, says she was unsure why Kessinger was there at the time.

“She was a wonderful person and a real professional,” Baxter told the Citizen-Times. “Our whole office is just heartbroken.”

Police arrested James Michael North, 29, last Saturday on charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Police located North by a 2010 Toyota Corolla that was allegedly at the scene.

Police continue to investigate a motive in Kessinger’s death.

Real estate safety continues to be in the spotlight, following the murder last year of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, who after meeting with prospective buyers in a foreclosed home was later found murdered and buried at a cement factory. REALTOR® associations and brokerages continue to tighten their safety protocols in response.

Source: “Woman Stabbed to Death in Downtown Parking Lot,” Citizen-Times (Feb. 16, 2016)