Lakewood RE/MAX realtors collected 45 bicycles for Wilkinson Center. Photo courtesy of Ken Lampton.

As part of a holiday philanthropy project, two Lakewood RE/MAX agents organized a drive this month to collect children’s bicycles for The Wilkinson Center.

Barbara Reeves and Lee Dirickson, realtors at RE/MAX DFW Associates, collected 45 bicycles, helmets, and bike locks from other Lakewood RE/MAX agents and their business associates, and a Wilkinson representative picked them up last week.

“We are so grateful for the large donation of bikes and helmets from RE/MAX DFW Associates,” said Melanie Myers, President of The Wilkinson Center, which is a leading poverty rescue and prevention agency for the working poor, serving over 14,000 people annually, mainly in East and Southeast Dallas. “This donation will bring joy to the families served by Wilkinson Center and reflects the true spirit of the holidays.”

The Wilkinson Center will distribute the donated bicycles to qualified low-income families so their children can have a brighter Christmas.

“I’ve lived in this area and been in the real estate business for 40 years, and have known about the Wilkinson Center for years,” said Reeves. “I think everybody remembers their first bike and how you learned to ride it, that little stroke of independence and you turned around and mom or dad wasn’t holding on and you were just flying on your own.”

The Lakewood office of RE/MAX DFW Associates serves Lakewood, the M Streets, Lake Highlands, and other East Dallas neighborhoods.




Update, 7:58 p.m. It appears this was a domestic quarrel that ended brutally. Dallas media is reporting a man named John St. Angelo will be charged with the murder of Suzanne Parsons, and he is in police custody. KXAS-TV’s Scott Gordon reports that John St. Angelo was dragged out of a home in the 6800 block of Permian Lane after a four-hour stand-off by SWAT officers. Apparently, St. Angelo was married to Parsons, but the couple were estranged or in the process of divorce. 

It’s absolutely terrifying to know that anyone can make their way into an open real estate office and then stab a person repeatedly. Even scarier that it can happen in broad daylight at 4 p.m.

That’s what happened to Fort Worth Realtor Suzanne Parsons, a well-loved businesswoman who worked out of the RE/MAX office on Heritage Parkway and was considered a great friend and overall nice person.

Early on, reports from Fort Worth police said that the murder was not a “stranger-on-stranger” crime. Today FWPD has said they are on the trail of the suspect, and a SWAT team has been dispatched to the 6800 block of Permian, according to CBS DFW News (Channel 11).


Photo: Mireya Villareal/KTVT

An arrest warrant has been issued, but many details remain unclear. Still, I wonder what Realtors and brokers will be doing to make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen at their office. Should real estate offices employ some kind of buzz-in system during business hours to help with security?