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Wife speaks after husband allegedly shot by former client at Kendall law firm

Lenora Harshman says suspect asked her husband to help end his marriage

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The wife of an attorney who was shot Wednesday morning at his law firm in Kendall spoke to Local 10 News on Thursday.

"He's a very gentle guy. He's a very sweet guy. He's a guy that everyone loves in this community," Lenora Harshman said. "Larry has done a lot of great work for people, saved a lot of homes, and one of the homes that he saved was this guy's."

Lenora Harshman said Fadel Jabado, 54, recently contacted her husband, asking for help again, this time to help end his marriage.

"The guy came back so Larry could handle his divorce, and Larry told him no, he doesn't do divorce. And the guy left very upset, and the next time he came back and shot him," she said.

Miami-Dade police said Jabado walked into the Law Offices of Larry A. Harshman, P.A. and shot attorney Larry Harshman. The 58-year-old attorney was taken by ambulance to Kendall Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

A family friend said that Harshman had to be revived three times on Wednesday and is expected to undergo surgery Thursday afternoon.

Further investigation after the shooting led officers to Jabado's last known address at 13570 SW 192nd St., where they found the bodies of Jabado's wife and adult son. Police said Bassima Jabado, 43, and Ahmed Jabado, 26, had been shot to death.

"She has beautiful kids and I don't know what's going on. We can't believe that happened," a relative said.

A shelter hearing was held Thursday for the couple's surviving children, who will now live with their aunt and uncle.

A Gofundme page was created for the surviving Jabado children by a family friend and a separate Gofundme page was created by a co-worker of Fadel Jabado's son, Ibrahim.

Police said Fadel Jabado was shot after a long standoff with officers in a southwest Miami-Dade County field.

Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said Jabado pointed his gun at officers who were attempting to get him to surrender.

"The individual did tell our negotiators that he intended to die today," Miami-Dade police Director Juan Perez told reporters during a news conference.

Perez said Jabado attempted to bait officers into shooting him.

"He did not want to do it to himself because of his religion," Perez said.

Jabado was airlifted to Jackson South Community Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

A motive for the shootings was not immediately known, but records show that Harshman prepared the deed to Jabado's home in 2013 when he and his wife sold it.