By Jill Fox
FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, one of the FBI agents shot and killed early Tuesday morning while attempting to serve a search warrant, was a Coral Springs resident.
Schwartzenberger spent her early mornings with her CrossFit community in Coral Springs, who have planned a tribute workout to fund a scholarship for her two sons, ages 12 and 10.
“Laura was a light in this world — a true warrior, a champion, a wise woman, wonderful mother and beloved by our CrossFit community,” wrote Michelle Brown, CrossFit VICE owner.
An agent since 2005, Schwartzenberger specialized in pursuing crimes against children.
The deadly incident, which killed her and FBI agent Daniel Alfin also wounded three others at approximately 6 a.m. in Sunrise, FL.
According to the FBI, a team of law enforcement officers was executing a federal court-ordered search warrant regarding a child-pornography probe when the suspect, David Lee Huber, 55, of Sunrise opened fire.
In addition to her work in the field, Schwartzenberger spent time giving school presentations on online safety and cyberbullying, which can be seen in a February 2020 tweet from Rockway Middle School in Miami. They wrote, “Great to have FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger join us to present to our 6th Grade Legal Studies & Forensic Science students about online safety and cybercrimes.”
On Saturday, February 13, “Lift Like Laura” will take place at CrossFit Vice and many other CrossFit gyms worldwide. A donation of any amount can be made to support her sons, who also participate in the sport.
Brown wrote, “I will miss our late night texts, your peaceful wisdom, your smile, seeing your braid whipping, and hearing your laugh.”
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked on the public relations side as well as the television side of marketing for NBC Universal. A true Floridian, Fox grew up in Ormond Beach and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Advertising from the University of Miami. During college, Fox enjoyed working at Walt Disney World. She loves living in Parkland with her husband, Brian and their two children, Madden, 10 and Randi, 7.
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