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Realtor Dan Parker robbed and stabbed outside Rosehill Seafood, police say

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Joseph Daniel “Dan” Parker Jr., a Realtor at Coldwell Banker/Kennon, Parker, Duncan & Davis in Columbus, is in stable condition after he was robbed and stabbed multiple times Tuesday in a parking lot across from Rosehill Seafood, Columbus police said.

Parker was taken to Piedmont Columbus Regional’s midtown campus where he was treated for four stab wounds and a bruise to his head, said Paul Fincher, general manger of the company.

“He has been alert and conscious,” Fincher said. “They are just monitoring his injuries.”

Police were called at 7:59 p.m. to the parking lot at 2621 Hamilton Road to investigate a stabbing and armed robbery. Police found Parker with stab wounds in the lot across from the seafood restaurant.

The robbery and stabbing remain under investigation by the Robbery/Assault Unit of the Investigative Services Bureau at the Columbus Police Department.

Parker, in his late 70s, has been a real estate broker more than 50 years and co-founded Kennon & Parker Realtors in 1997, leading to Coldwell Banker/Kennon, Parker, Duncan & Davis. In June 2017, Parker sold his ownership in the firm but continued to serve as a sales and operations consultant to the company with offices at 5670 Whitesville Road in Columbus and 4200 Summerville Road in Phenix City.

Partners Doug Duncan and Jack Key III merged with the Kennon and Parker in 1996. Key announced his retirement from the company in 2013. In 2011, Steve Davis became a partner in the firm after running his own real-estate company for 25 years.

Parker is a University of Georgia journalism and real-estate graduate who served as a city editor at the Ledger-Enquirer for six months in the 1960s before leaving to join his father, Dan Parker Sr., full time at his Gallery of Homes real-estate company on Feb. 6, 1966.

But it would be four years later to the day that the son would mourn the loss of his father due to a heart attack at age 56. It thrust the young Parker into a tough moment of having to quickly develop leadership skills, which he did and began to grow the company to the point of its merger with Kennon in 1987.

“I was an agent for four years, and one of the guys, and the next day I was the boss,” Parker said in a 2017 interview of losing his dad. “That, of course, required a sea change for me, and I figured it out and had a lot of good folks to associate with over the years. It’s been a wonderful ride.”

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