We remember Missy Kupferberg fondly as a staunch advocate for the seriously mentally ill here in the Phoenix area.
Missy was a sweetheart did not suffer fools gladly, and she was more than willing to provide us with serious examples of wrongdoing by the powers-that-be in what passed then (and now) as a mental-health "system."
She went on to work as a mitigation specialist for the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office, before moving to Tampa, Florida, years ago for a gig as an investigator for the federal public defender.
We got the very sad word yesterday that Missy died over the weekend, the victim of a single shot from a Glock Model 34 to the chest.
Tragically, her killer was her 65-year-old father, who was visiting from another state. The pair apparently were cleaning their guns after spending time at a local range. Police are calling the shooting an accident.
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Melissa Kupferbert was just 32 years old.
Friends tell us that she was working on a how-to book with an Arizona State University professor about the ins and outs of investigation. It was a topic she knew well.
What a tragedy!