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Friend, fellow law professor honors Dan Markel's memory with Facebook page

Posted: 6:23 PM, Jul 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-19 19:54:55-04
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Justice for Dan Markel.

Friday marks five years since the father and Florida State University professor was killed. He was shot outside of his home on July 18, 2014, but did not die until the next morning.

As friends and family of Markel hope for justice on his behalf, one close friend started a Facebook page to make sure he's not forgotten.

"We have all been out there wondering who did this and when will justice come? And so I think it has been helpful for people to know that we're not alone," said Jason Solomon, who started Justice for Dan page.

But Solomon says those closest to Markel, including his parents and children, will never move past this.

"He was a really devoted and loving father and it's such a tragedy that was taken away from all three of them, that joy," said Solomon. "In the past three years, for whatever reason, Dan's parents have not been allowed to see their grandchildren."

Friends say Markel was close with his two boys, a generous scholar, and an inspiration to his fellow coworkers. This Facebook page, just one part of his legacy.

"Honor is legacy as a scholar and to make sure those who did this to him get what they deserve," said Solomon.

The Justice for Dan page also keeps up with the ongoing trial in Markel's case.

Suspect, Sigfredo Garcia, was arrested in May of 2016. The mother of Garcia's children, Katherine Magbanua, is also a suspect.


Today marks five years since the FSU professor Dan Markel was killed.

He was shot outside of his home on July 18, 2014, but did not die until the next morning.

Jason Solomon started a Facebook page to make sure Dan is not forgotten. It's a way for his friends across the country to know they're not alone and they have a support system.

More than 2,000 people are part of the Justice for Dan Facebook page where they talk openly about their friend and hopes of finding closure on his murder.

The 41-year-old was the father of two boys and a law professor at Florida State University. As a fellow law professor, Solomon says Markel was an inspiration and didn't deserve what happened to him.

"A great and generous scholar, that was a very important part of his identity. And second, he was a really devoted and loving father and it's such a tragedy that was taken away from all three of them, that joy," Solomon explained. "When will justice come? And so I think it has been helpful for people to know that we're not alone."

Through this Facebook page , Solomon can see how many people are behind him and behind his friend, Markel.

The page also keeps up with the ongoing trial in Markel's case.