LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- It's been nearly a year since Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter was kidnapped and murdered while showing a home.

Her body was found days later in a shallow grave.

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.

"Our safety task force wanted to create something that was long lasting and would continue on as the years progressed. Not something people would sign up for and forget about," said Emily Morgan, Public Relations Director for the Arkansas Realtors Association.

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.

"Every time they walk in and out of that door they see the sticker and it's a daily reminder to everybody to just be safe," said Morgan.

"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.

Both Safe Harbor and the Beverly Carter Safety Certified Offices Program are utilized throughout the state of Arkansas.

The Arkansas Realtors Association is working with the National Association of Realtors to put the programs in place in firms across the country.


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