Vigil planned Monday night for realtor shot and killed trying to evict tenant

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SANDY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A vigil has been planned for a real estate agent who was allegedly shot and killed on Friday by a tenant he was evicting in Salt Lake City. 

The vigil for David Stokoe will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 9272 South 700 East in Sandy Monday night. All are invited to attend. 

Stokoe was found Friday night by detectives with the Salt Lake City Police after he had been reported missing out of South Jordan. Stokeo said he was going to evict some tenants living in a home in Sugarhouse but he never returned. 

“Sadly, we are now investigating a homicide,” said police when they announced David Stokoe’s body had been found.

Police immediately began searching for Stokoe’s white Cadillac but it was found early Saturday morning in West Valley City. The two occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody but were later found to not be connected to Stokoe’s death. 

Saturday night, Salt Lake City Police announced they had arrested three people in connection to Stokoe’s murder. 

Diana Hernandez, 30, and Jessica Reese (alias: Miller), 38, have both been charged with obstruction of justice and Manuel Velasquez, 31, has been charged with homicide, possession of a weapon by a restricted person, additional charges related to Stokoe’s death are expected. 

Police say that they located the body in a crawl-space under the apartment and believe that Stokoe was killed by a gun after a brief confrontation on Thursday. They believe that Hernandez and Miller aided Velasquez in cleaning the apartment and hiding the body. 

Stokoe was a very well known real estate agent in the Salt Lake Valley. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family for anyone wishing to contribute. 

Stokoe leaves behind a wife and four young children. 

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