A Virginia real estate agent was shot and killed on Friday by an elderly man who then turned the gun on him.
Soren Arn-Oelschlegel, who worked at Suffolk-based Long & Foster, was killed in Portsmouth on Friday evening by Albert Baglione, 84, according to WTKR 3. Baglione had moved into the house a day earlier after buying it according to specifications.
“He bought the house on sight in Alabama, moved in here Thursday and called a real estate agent on Friday to return the house,” a neighbor told the outlet.
While violence that targets real estate agents is rare, especially in large markets, it does occur. The brutal New Years Eve murder of real estate agent Monique Baugh, 28, in 2019 rocked an industry that has long relied on private meetings, prompting some brokerages to install cameras and take other action of security.
Details of the Virginia incident remain unclear. A neighbor said Baglione called his son after the murder and told police who arrived around 6 p.m. that he had just killed 41-year-old Arn-Oelschlegel. Baglione was holding a gun as she spoke to the police and closed the door shortly before a SWAT team arrived. Moments later a gunshot was heard and Baglione was found dead.
According to a profile on the Long & Foster website, Arn-Oelschlegel spent 20 years in the customer service industry, including running his father’s home inspection business. His mother, also a real estate agent, accompanied the visits.
Arn-Oelschlegel was a long-time member of Hampton Roads Pride, a local LGBTQ nonprofit that is now planning a memorial service for the late agent, according to WTKR 3.
“He’s always had tons of energy,” said group chairman Rudy Almanzor. “I’ve never seen him not smile and laugh and want to have fun. He worked hard, played hard.
[WTKR] – Holden Walter Warner