Turning tragedy around: Murdered RealtorÕ son urges more safety

Almost a year later, son following mother’s footsteps

A year ago next month, the search for Beverly Carter, the Arkansas Realtor who had been missing since Sept. 25, 2014, ended tragically when her body was found in a shallow grave about 25 miles north of Little Rock. 

She was kidnapped while showing a home.

Arron Lewis, of Jacksonville, was arrested and stands charged with Carter's murder. He faces the death penalty.

Now 11 months later, one of Carter’s sons is making it a mission to teach Realtors and real estate agents just how critical taking safety precautions is.

Little Rock's THV11 has the story.

In a room full of members of the Little Rock Realtors Association on Thursday morning, her son, Carl Carter Jr., spoke candidly about his mother's death.

"Imagine how scared you would be to be carried from the home you were showing five minutes ago and being tossed into the trunk of a car," said Carl Carter, Jr.

Since the murder of Beverly Carter last September, Carl Carter Jr. has reached out to the real estate community across the country urging them to make safety a higher priority in the business.

After Carter's death, a number of programs were created to provide extra security measures to real estate agents. Safe Harbor is an app that allows clients to meet with realtors in a safe location. The Beverly Carter Safety Certified Offices program provides stickers for firms that take a pledge to keep their employees safe.

"It's been a rough year, full of ups and downs, but the realtor community has been so receptive to making changes," said Carl Carter, Jr.

Carl Carter, Jr. is making a big change for himself, as well. He has decided to follow in his late mother's footsteps and pursue his own real estate license.

"It's a really great opportunity to learn the business and really pair the industry knowledge and the story of the loss of my mom to really impact other people and hopefully save some lives," said Carl Carter, Jr.

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