Marshall Redder is believed to have committed suicide

12:39 AM, Apr 14, 2011   |    comments
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Marshall Redder

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)-- West Michigan REALTOR and landlord Marshall Redder is dead after police say he shot himself in the chest.

It happened Wednesday afternoon at a building Redder owned on Kenowa Avenue in Grandville.

"I can't imagine anything that difficult he couldn't just walk away," says Jeff Vandenberg.

Vandenberg owns Grandville Plumbing and stores equipment near Redder's Grandville warehouse.

"I'd see him just about every day," he says. "If I could have talked to him I'm sure I could have talked him out of it. Sometimes people just don't have someone to talk to."

Investigators aren't saying if there was a note to explain the 51-year-old realtor's suicide, but Redder was facing misdemeanor charges.

Redder bought, sold and rented homes by the hundreds. After receiving complaints from tenants, 13 On Your Side investigated Redder's companies last November. While not illegal, some business practices we discovered could be considered unethical.

"Run if you hear the name, just run," former Redder client Mary Margaret Thompson said. "You are going to get screwed over somehow."

Thompson said she rented a house from Redder, not knowing it was in foreclosure. When she was evicted by the bank three months later she says Redder kept her rent and security deposit.

"I don't know how someone has the ethics and morals to do that to someone," she said.

A judge forced Redder to refund Thompson's security deposit, but Redder was never convicted of doing anything illegal. Last month he pleaded not guilty to a pair of misdemeanor charges.

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