Attorney Mark Hummels was taken off life support last night, and he became the second person to be killed as a result of Wednesday's office-building shooting in Phoenix.
The attorney for the Osborn Maledon law firm and businessman Steve Singer were shot by 70-year-old Arthur Harmon, after they were all involved in a mediation meeting regarding a lawsuit.
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Singer died on Wednesday, and a statement from Osborn Maledon yesterday said Hummels wouldn't survive either. The third person shot, Nichole Hampton, was shot in the hand, but was expected to be released from the hospital yesterday. Harmon, the shooter, shot himself in the head in Mesa.
Here's how Osborn Maldeon described Hummels:
Mark Hummels is the best kind of lawyer - a man who is highly capable in his practice and caring to his core about his community. Still in the early years of his career, Mark has earned many accolades for his skill as an attorney. He is president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and highly regarded by the State and Federal bench. He was recognized by "Benchmark Litigation" as a "future star" in litigation. To judges, attorneys and other professionals, he is a trusted counselor in ethics and disciplinary proceedings.
Mark also has given back to the community at large, serving on the training committee for Arizona Town Hall and providing pro bono legal services to those who could not afford counsel. This giving spirit was enhanced during his early years as a reporter for the "Santa Fe New Mexican," an experience that honed his rare insights into people and our society.
Above all, Mark is the most decent of men. An adoring husband, dedicated father and true friend, Mark is what all of us aspire to be on our best days.