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SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SHOOTING OF JUDI SCHLEM

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SALINAS, Calif. SALINAS, Calif. A Salinas man was arrested Friday in connection with a shooting that took the life of Brookings real estate agent Judi Schlem.

Schlem, 48, was hit in the head and killed by a stray bullet fired by a man during an attempted robbery at a Salinas apartment building she was visiting, authorities said.

Schlem had stopped Wednesday at the apartment of her son, Matt, and daughter-in-law, Anne, on her way to a correctional officer academy in Galt, Calif., where both her son and husband, Doug, where scheduled to graduate.

Schlem and Anne were unloading Christmas gifts from Schlems car when a bullet entered the rear passenger window striking Schlem and killing her instantly, according to Sgt. Roger Milligan of the Salinas Police Department.

The police report states the shooting was the result of an attempted robbery of another tenant in the apartment where the younger Schlems reside.

Robert Allen Langley Jr, 26, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and robbery, Milligan said.

It was during the attempt of this robbery that shots were exchanged between the intended victim and the outstanding suspect, he said.

The investigation is continuing as officers attempt to identify and locate a second suspect, he said.

Friends and family of Schlem were stunned by the tragic and senseless shooting.

Schlem, an active member of the Brookings Nazarene Church and an extremely successful realtor, had touched many lives in this community.

Anne Schlems father, Paul Schoenborn, e-mailed friends explaining that, as she was shot, Judi Schlem fell into his daughters arms.

He requested prayers for his daughter and all of the surviving family members, including the Schlems daughter, Meegan, who remains in Brookings.

Anne does not know, except for the grace of God, why she was not shot, her father reported.

Judi Schlem had traveled to Salinas to stay with Anne and attend the graduation ceremony of her husband and son from the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center on Friday. The pair had entered the training program together Oct. 2 after Matt was hired as a California correctional officer in Salinas and his father accepted a position with Pelican Bay State Prison.

Meegan Schlem said Friday her mother and father had seen each other only twice during that time of separation.

Friends talked about Judis anticipation of having her husband back home. She was very lonely, Meegan said.

Judi and Doug were high school sweethearts. Judi was born in Ashland and Doug in Bandon, and they met while attending high school in Coos Bay.

Her parents were in the 30th year of their marriage, Meegan said.

She said her father and brother will remain in the training program until Dec. 22, and a memorial service will probably be held for her mother the following week.

Lt. Mike Beaber of the correctional training center said Matt and Doug were receiving counseling and support from the staff at the center and from other members of their training group.

Beaber said the father and son had made the choice to complete the training.

We would work something out, he said, then added. Everyone grieves differently.

The Schoenborn family has gone to Salinas to be with Anne, who spent Thursday night at the home of one of her new church friends in Salinas, according to her father.

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