It was nearly a week ago that gunfire erupted inside a Phoenix workplace. Two men were fatally shot inside that building.
Steve Singer, 48, a father of two, and owner of Scottsdale-based Fusion Contact Centers, died that day.
His attorney Mark Hummels, just 43 years old, also a father of two, was taken off life support the following day. Singer was laid to rest this past weekend.
Tuesday, family, friends, and colleagues said goodbye to Mark Hummels.
A memorial was held at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. And to say the service was an emotional one is an understatement.
Thousands packed the Orpheum Theatre to remember a man that touched their hearts and their lives. Mark Hummels was described as brilliant, endlessly curious and gentle, sincere and genuine, but above all things a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend.
"Mark Hummels was a champion swimmer, an eagle scout, a writer of wit and eloquence, an ace reporter," said David Hummels, Mark's brother.
David Hummels was the first to speak. He stood in front of the crowd, his brother's beloved unicycle leaning on the podium, telling stories of Mark's childhood and the fearless nature with which he approached both life and death.
"Last Thursday as he lay in the hospital bed, his body failing and the organ recovery team hurrying to do their work, he rallied. He stayed with us long enough for the recovery team to do what they needed so that more lives could be saved," said Hummels.
The 43-year old father of Ella and Henry and husband to Dana wore many hats throughout his years, most recently attorney.
"So he left the room, he came back riding the unicycle, playing a harmonica, Sarah of course burst into laughter and she said two things. First she said, you are so cool and Mark said, where were you when I was in high school," said Hon. Andrew Hurwitz.
Stories told by his mentors and colleagues evoked laughter and tears.
"When you had the privilege of knowing a person who is loved as widely and as deeply as Mark Hummels, that person can't ever go away," said colleague Shane Ham.
"I think this memorial captured Mark's spirit in a way that exceeded my imagination," said colleague Larry Hammond.
"He was genuine as they said in the service, he always had a smile on his face," said colleague David Rosenbaum.
And it's his smile, his caring soul that will help brighten the days ahead for those who loved him most.
Mark Hummels was an organ donor whose kidney and liver saved the lives of three people. His family asked today that anyone wishing to honor him consider becoming a donor themselves.
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