Another prosecutor killed — and a prayer

Two months ago, I wrote twice in two days about lawyers who were shot and killed because of their work — Mark Hummels, a civil attorney in Phoenix, and Mark Hasse, an assistant county attorney in Texas, in a county near Dallas.  And in March, Colorado Director of Corrections Tom Clements was murdered.

Now it seems that Hasse’s boss and his wife, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, have been murdered in their home. Here’s the Washington Post account. Why? We don’t know yet.

Because I believe everything we do and say has reverberations in the world far beyond what we know, I urge you to find a way to transform your anger and fear into a deep desire — the deepest desire you can muster — for peace and justice in the world. Because anger and fear do us no good unless we use them for good.

The murder of a prosecutor

Here on Law & Fiction, I like to take the news and suggest ways writers can use it in their fiction.

But this story is too awful. Mark Hasse, a prosecutor in a town outside Dallas, was shot and killed Thursday morning near the courthouse, by two men wearing masks and protective vests. Here’s the latest account from the Dallas Morning News, and another from the New York Times (which may require a sign-in).  Mr. Hasse was 57, the lead felony prosecutor in Kaufman County. Local officials agree that it looks like a targeted killing, but can’t yet confirm that.

As I have said here before, I really wish I was making this up. Please keep his family, friends, and co-workers in your thoughts.