El Paso police detectives continue investigating a mysterious homicide that has shocked the historic Manhattan Heights neighborhood.
A lawyer was killed and her husband was hospitalized in a shooting at their home on Saturday night. There have been no reported arrests as of Thursday.
Police officials confirmed the victims’ names Wednesday.
The shooting occurred at the home of attorneys Daniel L. Kaufmann, 47, and his wife Georgette G. Kaufmann, 50, who was nicknamed “Gigi.”
Daniel Kaufmann had been shot more than once and was found at a neighbor’s home by officers responding to a call of a shooting, police said. Georgette was found dead in the rear of the couple’s home.
Police said Wednesday that Daniel Kaufmann is hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
The shooting occurred the day after the couple’s 22nd wedding anniversary.
The couple has a 16-year-old son who was at a fencing tournament in the Dallas area on the day of shooting, according to a news report on Channel 7-KVIA.
The Kaufmanns’ home is in the 3000 block of Copper Avenue on a block of stately homes next to Memorial Park in the 100-year-old Manhattan Heights neighborhood.
Lawyers enforced child support cases
The State Bar of Texas lists the Kaufmanns as lawyers for the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
Georgette Kaufmann, also known as Georgette Garcia-Kaufmann, was an assistant attorney general with the Office of Attorney General Child Support Division in El Paso since 2013, Alejandro Garcia, a spokesman for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, said in an email.
She represented the state in court involving the establishment and enforcement of child support cases, Garcia said.
Daniel Kaufmann was an assistant attorney general with the child support division from 2010-2014 and again from 2016 until May 2019, Garcia said.
“Mr. Kaufmann was subsequently hired by El Paso County where he currently is employed as an attorney for the El Paso Domestic Relations Office,” Garcia said.
Garcia added that Daniel Kaufmann still was handling child support enforcement cases because of a contract between the county and the state child support division.
Daniel Kaufmann is also a family law attorney who deals with divorce, child custody and other matters, according to the Facebook page for his law office.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office enforces child support orders, fights consumer fraud, represents the state in lawsuits and provides legal advice to state officials.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was recently critical of the shutdown order by El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego intended to fight the spread of COVID-19, calling Samaniego a “tyrant.” A court decision struck down the shutdown order.
Police: No threat to neighborhood
No details are being released on a potential motive or suspect in the killing because of the ongoing investigation by detectives with the Crimes Against Persons Unit, said Sgt. Enrique Carrillo, a spokesman for the El Paso Police Department.
“There is no indication at present time that any other person was the intended victim of this crime,” police said in a statement.
Carrillo added, “There is no reason to believe there is a threat to the neighborhood or residents in the neighborhood.”
Neighbors have expressed concerns about the deadly shooting, which is the second death at the couple’s home on Copper Avenue in two years.
On Nov. 6, 2018, a man identified as Javier Tellez Jr., 28, bled to death after cutting his arms on a broken window while breaking into the house.
The Manhattan Heights neighborhood also was the scene of attacks by a serial rapist who would break into homes to assault women in 2013. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Anyone with information on the Kaufmann shooting may call police at 915-832-4400 or may anonymously call Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 915-566-8477 (TIPS).
This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: El Paso lawyer couple identified as victims in fatal shooting near Memorial Park