A Florida real estate agent with a local Keller Williams franchise was shot and killed by her husband, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy, who then shot himself in their Land O’ Lakes home on Sept. 24.
Samantha Keithley, 33, was shot by Deputy Kirk Keithley, 39, while their four children – all under age 14 – were in the home, according to a report from Bay News 9. None of the children were harmed.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office confirmed the details of the murder-suicide in a statement.
“Unfortunately last night, one of our deputies was involved in a tragic event where he took his wife’s life and then his own,” Sheriff Chad Chronister told Inman on Tuesday morning. “I cannot begin to express how disheartened I am. Domestic Violence has no place in our society.”
“I ask that everyone join me and the rest of our office and pray for those innocent children who are left behind and have to pick up the pieces,” added Chronister. “This is something that is impossible to comprehend for even the most seasoned person. Please keep them in your hearts as we all try to make our way through this tragedy.”
Keithley had recently started as an agent with Keller Williams Realty Lakeland, in central Florida northwest of Tampa Bay. The office has started a GoFundMe, which has raised more than $ 25,000 of its $ 50,000 goal for the four surviving children to not have to worry about finances in their time of grieving.
The fundraiser was started by Damion Boyce, the team leader with Keller Williams Lakeland, according to the news report.
“Samantha was a devoted and loving mother with four beautiful children and a flourishing real estate career,” Boyce said in a statement, on the GoFundMe page. “We are asking our community to come together to help and support the children and family during this difficult time.”