On the morning of Thursday, August 25th, an emergency eviction at a Tucson apartment complex turned deadly, leaving all of us who work in the Arizona housing industry deeply shocked and saddened.
Among those killed by gunfire: Angela Fox-Heath, 28, who worked as a property manager for Apollo Commons Management; Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez-Garibay, 43, who was serving the eviction; and a neighbor, 25-year-old Elijah Miranda, who lived next door to the shooter, identified as 24-year-old Gavin Lee Stansell. Stansell committed suicide at the scene.
According to media reports, Stansell repeatedly threatened fellow residents at the Linds Common Apartments, which led to an emergency eviction proceeding in Pima County Justice Court.
According to court documents, the eviction occurred because Stansell “threatened another resident with a firearm and has otherwise disturbed the peace.”
At a time when violence has become all too common in our communities, the Arizona Multihousing Association stands committed to doing everything possible to ensure that housing sector workers are as safe as possible in the workplace and residents are safe in their homes.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to support Angela’s Fox-Heath’s family and her three children. You can donate here.