Homeowner in shock after man shot to death during party at his rented mansion

The house is worth $3.35 million and boasts ‘total privacy’ in a ‘safe neighborhood'

 

Rachael Revesz
New York
Monday 30 May 2016 19:55 BST
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The mansion comes with a heated pool, BBQ and six bedrooms
The mansion comes with a heated pool, BBQ and six bedrooms (Airbnb)

A multi-million dollar mansion that specified “no parties” on its Airbnb listing has become a crime scene after a party thrown by tenants got out of control.

33-year-old Keivan Heath was fatally shot at the Massachusetts home, which the homeowner had rented out for the Memorial Day weekend via a website called FlipKey.

The property is also listed on Airbnb and demands that renters do not have “parties or events” for groups of more than 15 people.

Homeowner Alex Styller, 49, told CBS News that he is “still in shock”.

He said he had agreed to rent his home over the long weekend about three months ago to a small group of people for what he thought was a small college reunion.

Mr Styller said the group seemed “very nice, very polite, very responsive”.

He told the Boston Globe that his estate agent had informed him of the shooting on Sunday morning.

Police informed Mr Styller that the renters did not appear to know the victim, and that between 60 and 100 people were at the party.

The home, worth $3.35 million, is listed for $1400 per night for a maximum of 11 guests. It has six bedrooms, a heated swimming pool and three acres of private land.

The house was “a big mess from the party” with a bullet hole in the kitchen, said Mr Styller.

FlipKey is part of travel website TripAdvisor. The guests arranged to have the house professionally cleaned and said they were “very sorry” for what had happened.

Despite the incident and that the police has not made any arrests, Mr Styller said he would continue to rent out his home on the websites.

“I just continue to believe that most of the people are great, wonderful, trustworthy, responsible, reliable people and individuals,” he said.

On Airbnb, the house says guests will have “ total privacy” and also features a first aid kit.

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