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Former boyfriend kills real estate agent in murder-suicide
By Kat Zeman | Daily Herald Staff

Real estate agent Cindy Bischof of Arlington Heights is pictured at a recent seminar, published in a news release on the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Web site.


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Published: 3/9/2008 12:21 AM

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An Arlington Heights woman was gunned down in Elmhurst by an ex-boyfriend who later turned the gun on himself, authorities said.

Cindy L. Bischof, a 43-year-old real estate agent, was shot about 4 p.m. Friday outside Darwin Realty, 970 N. Oaklawn Ave., where she worked, police said.

When police arrived, they found Bischof and her 60-year-old ex-boyfriend, Michael L. Giroux of Chicago, laying in the parking lot suffering from gun shot wounds.

Both were taken to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where they eventually died, according to a police statement. Police have labeled the case a murder-suicide.

Bischof had an order of protection against Giroux, according to a media report. Arlington Heights and Elmhurst police declined to comment.

One of Bischof's neighbors, Randy Seibert, said she was a wonderful person who enjoyed golfing and was particularly good with children.

"Cindy was a great person," he said. "She was a typical good neighbor."

Bischof was a successful real estate agent who was nationally recognized for her work, according to her employer's Web site,

She is categorized as one of the Chicago area's most powerful dealmakers who won numerous awards for her work, according to the site.

Bischof was featured in Midwest Real Estate News 2007 "Forty Plus Over 40" edition and profiled by the publication a number of times over the years.

In 2006, she was named one of Midwest's powerful women in real estate. She also was profiled in 1999 in Crain's Chicago Business -- in which she was a finalist for its "40 Under 40" -- and in the Illinois Real Estate Journal. That same year, she was chosen as Industrial Broker of the Year at the Greater Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards dinner.

Bischof joined the Darwin team in 1999 and served as director of brokerage services.

Funeral arrangements were pending, but were expected to be made at Glueckert Funeral Home in Arlington Heights, according to the funeral home.