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Well-Known Florida Attorney Gunned Down By Son, Who Later Fatally Shot Himself
“We lost somebody who was the epitome of greatness,” a family spokesperson said of personal injury lawyer Robert Fenstersheib, who was killed by his son in an apparent murder-suicide in south Florida.
A prominent Florida personal injury lawyer was shot and killed by his son, who later turned the gun on himself, police said.
Robert Fenstersheib, known for his law firm’s boisterous television ads, was found shot to death in Hollywood, Florida on Wednesday morning, WSVN reported. Hollywood police found Fentersheib and his son at a residence on Southwest 49th Street. The father and son were both pronounced dead.
The attorney’s girlfriend, Hong Pen, also sustained a gunshot wound but survived the shooting.
“Further investigation revealed there was a third victim on the scene as well with a gunshot wound,” Hollywood Police spokesperson Christian Lata said, according to the outlet. T"hat victim was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in serious but stable condition.”
The apparent murder-suicide was also confirmed by a family spokesperson.
“Michael lost that battle today,” Scott Mager said, WSVN reported. “He shot both Robert and his longtime girlfriend Hong Pen and then killed himself using the weapon.”
Mager described the late lawyer as “an unbelievable human being, an amazing person, an unbelievable father, [and] a great leader.”
“We lost somebody who was the epitome of greatness,” Mager said. “He was the epitome of a human being, and he was my dear friend.”
Mager also bemoaned the alleged drug addiction and mental health issues Fenstersheib’s son suffered with leading up to the shootings.
“Drug abuse and mental health issues are so underestimated in today’s life, and so I hope people will reach out and try to help those around them that they can,” he said.
Fentersheib had another son and a daughter, family friends said.
"I feel very sorry for his children, his daughter and his son who worked with him and were part of his firm," George Gutierrez Jr. told WTVJ. "It's a great tragedy for the legal community here in South Florida."
He represented car accident and hurricane victims in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach, as well as patients who suffered health issues after taking certain health supplements or medication. In one instance, he represented men who had experienced enlarged breast growth after being prescribed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.
His signature catchphrase was, “Tell Robert.”
“I still am in shock,” Tamara Oyarzabal, who had hired Fenstersheib to represent her, told Miami television station WSVN. “He always had time. When I called or if I stopped by, even if I did not have an appointment, he would make time for me.”
Pen, Fenstersheib’s girlfriend, remains in the hospital, authorities said.