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  • 22 July 2014, 19:01

Police 'Puzzled' As Law Professor Gunned Down

Florida police investigating the shooting death of a prominent criminal law professor believe he was the intended victim.

Dan Markel, also a blogger, was gunned down in his home in an upscale neighbourhood in Tallahassee and died on Saturday.

His death shocked the community at Florida State University, where he taught.

Police went back to his home on Monday and said they did not believe the killing was random - rather MrMarkel was the intended target.

Officials said it not appear to be a burglary.

But they released little else information about the death that remains without an apparent motive.

"This is a puzzle and we need to get all of the pieces of the puzzle put together to bring this case to a close," police spokesman David Northway told CBS.

The Toronto-raised Mr Markel got his law degree at Harvard and joined Florida State University in 2005.

He was a contributor to The New York Times and USA Today and often commented on themes relating to the theory of retributive justice.

In a statement, Florida State University called Mr Markel "an outstanding teacher and extraordinary scholar".

Colleagues on his blog Prawfsblawg wrote: "The terrible, senseless nature of his loss makes it all the harder to bear."

CBS quoted a lawyer for his ex-wife as saying she is devastated and afraid following Mr Markel's death.

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