Real estate agent Christina Louise Kessinger, 62, died on Friday evening after she was stabbed in the skull with a screw driver in an Asheville, North Carolina, parking lot on Friday at about 4.30pm

A North Carolina real estate agent died this weekend after she was stabbed in the skull with a screwdriver, authorities said. 

Christina Louise Kessinger, 62, was found seriously injured in an Asheville parking lot on Friday at about 4.30pm, and she later died at the hospital. 

James Michael North, 29, was arrested on Saturday and charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon after police found the Madison County man at a relative's house with Kessinger's 2010 Toyota Corolla.  

Ambulance crews briefly resuscitated Kessinger on Friday, but she later died at Mission Hospital, Christina Hallingse, a spokeswoman for the Asheville Police Department toldThe Citizen Times

She had been a realtor with Asheville Reality Group for approximately six months before her death. 

'She was a wonderful person and a real professional. Our whole office is just heartbroken,' Bobbie Baxter, co-owner of the group, told The Citizen Times. 

James Michael North, 29, was arrested on Saturday after police found the Madison County man with Kessinger's 2010 Toyota Corolla He was charged with  murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon

James Michael North, 29, was arrested on Saturday after police found the Madison County man with Kessinger's 2010 Toyota Corolla. He was charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon

Baxter did not know why Kessinger was in the office building parking lot at the time of the incident. The real estate group's office is about 0.7 miles from the crime scene. 

We're worried about the safety of all our agents,' she said. 

Evidence markers at the scene were located near a dumpster in the parking lot. Hallingse did not say if Kessinger's body was found in or near the garbage bin. 

 
 
 
 

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