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Real estate agent abducted during showing and then murdered

A 41-year-old man was in custody Monday after he allegedly abducted and killed a real estate agent after luring her to a home she was showing on New Year’s Eve.

Cedric L. Berry was charged with second-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the shooting death of Monique Baugh, 28, an agent at Kris Lindahl Real Estate in Minneapolis. According to police, Baugh was abducted at the home and driven in a rental truck to an alley where she was shot in the head.

Kris Lindahl set up a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for Baugh’s two daughters, ages 1 and 3.

“The world lost someone amazing when Monique Baugh passed away on December 31st. Monique was a beautiful person who was kind and compassionate,” members of the real estate firm wrote on the Go Fund Me page.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune described Baugh’s attacker as a man with a “long and violent gang history.” Police believe Berry may have been a “rival” drug dealer to Baugh’s boyfriend, according to court documents.

“I cannot begin to describe how vicious the behavior was in this case,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement. “We have charged Mr. Berry with setting a trap for Ms. Baugh, assassinating her at close range and shooting at her boyfriend while in [a] house with two small children. We are seeking high bail and will do all in our power to prove him guilty.”

In February, the National Association of Realtors took a look at four murders of real-estate professionals across the country, and listed some initiatives to help tackle the problem.

In 2017, The Real Deal looked more broadly at the issue of agent safety, and how brokers deal with the specter of threat. According to a 2017 NAR survey, 44 percent of real estate offices have standard procedures for agent safety, while 52 percent of men and 57 percent of women carry self-defense weapons ranging from pepper spray to Tasers to noisemakers. [MST] — Tina Daunt

After speaking with the media regarding this incident Instructor Joe Chao, a certified Krav Maga instructor in Miami Shores, he was told that many real estate companies requires a copy of the clients drivers license. Instructor Chao quickly rebutted "And how is that going to stop a criminal intent on causing harm?

Chao stated that Situational Awareness and reality based self defense is the will improve your chances of survival in case this type of situation arises.

Krav Maga, which is military self defense system from Israel, is the most proven form of self defense in history. Used by special forces around the world, law enforcement agencies and Homeland Defense this system is designed so that anyone can use it regardless of size or gender.

Chao stated that Krav Maga is reviewed ever two years by the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) to make sure that all techniques actually work. If they find one soldier who can't perform the technique under stress they modify it until it works for everyone.

At Modern Martial Arts & Fitness we teach the civilian version of Krav Maga which is a less deadly form that can be used by non military personal. This way you can incapacitate your assailant without having to deal with legal matters pertaining to your personal safety.

You even learn to use household items for self defense such as kitchen knives, broom handles, mop, etc. We also teach use in personal firearms.

In fact we are holding a Women's Only Self Defense Workshop on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 2 pm to 4 pm. For more information please click on the link below.

If you'd like to try a 3 Class Pass for just $19.99 simply click on the link below. This pass begins on your first day of attendance.

If you are a realtor and believe this can benefit your business please feel free to contact us at 305-542-5549 or email us at for a quote.


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