Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Loved Ones Remember Dan Markel Nine Years After His Murder

WCTV, Loved Ones Remember Former FSU Professor Dan Markel Nine Years After His Murder:

Markel 3Tuesday marks nine years since former FSU professor Dan Markel was murdered in his driveway in Betton Hills.

The shooting sent shockwaves through the Betton Hills neighborhood and garnered national attention.

Jason Solomon was a friend and colleague of Markel. Solomon told WCTV that on the anniversary of Markel’s death, he’s thinking of Markel’s family and two sons. He describes Markel as a devoted friend, a respected teacher and scholar and a loving father.

“He was so devoted to his boys,” Solomon told WCTV. “He didn’t want to miss a minute with those kids.”

In the nine years since Markel’s 2014 murder, Solomon said he’s glad to see those responsible being prosecuted.

“We have made real progress in the fight for justice for Dan and for Dan’s memory,” he said. “It’s terrific that justice is moving forward, even if it moves forward slowly.”

Over the years, arrests, trials and convictions ultimately led prosecutors to Charlie Adelson, the brother of Markel’s ex-wife. Adelson is the fourth person charged in the case, and he’s set to appear in court next month ahead of a trial in the fall.

Prosecutors claim Adelson’s goal was to end a custody battle between Markel and his ex-wife Wendi Adelson. They say Adelson collaborated with an ex-girlfriend, Katherine Magbanua. The two were seen meeting in an FBI recording released to the public last year.

Toronto Sun, Mom Aging Into the Horror of a Murdered Child:

It was nine years ago on Tuesday when a seismic event shattered the Markel family forever.

When you hear the tragic refrain of “we never thought something like this would happen to us”, surely the Toronto clan would come to mind.

But it did happen, garnering headlines, airtime and bandwidth around the planet.

On July 18, 2014, Florida State University professor Dan Markel, 41, an esteemed legal scholar, was shot in the head in the garage of his Tallahassee home. It was around 11 a.m. and the father of two had clearly been targeted for death.

He died the next day in hospital leaving behind bewildered and grief-stricken friends and family. ...

Ruth Markel exclusively told The Toronto Sun on the ninth anniversary of her son’s death that this is “always a hard time of year.”

“This is hard and getting more difficult as we age into it,” Ruth said. “It’s our whole life at this stage. It does not get easier but we are hoping we are starting to get closer to the end of the line.”

Ruth Markel has won numerous plaudits for her advocacy for her son and grandchildren. Because of her efforts, Florida passed the Markel Act that protects the rights of grandparents in the event of a murder or some other nefarious incident.

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