HOUSTON -- We sometimes hear stories about the kindness of strangers, but what about their bravery?
Just two days after he was shot trying to help a family he’d never met during a home invasion, Lupe, who asked us to only use his first name, was welcomed into their home.
“I fought one of them,” he told the family. “Yeah, that’s why the guy shot me.”
It was 4 a.m. and four masked gunmen kicked in the front door of the Espinoza family’s home. Jose Espinoza managed to escape through a window and run for help. When no one would answer their door, he ran into the street and flagged down a car. It was Lupe, behind the wheel.
“God put him in our path,” said Espinosa. “God has a purpose. I’m going to be appreciative the rest of my life.”
For the rest of his life, Lupe will live with a disturbing image, something worse than being shot. It’s what he saw inside the Espinoza’s home.
“They had them on their knees,” he said of Espinoza’s wife and son. “On their knees with their hands on their backs and guns on their heads, execution style.”
“I feel very grateful and with God because I don’t know what would have happened if he had never been here,” said wife Susanna Espinoza.
“When I get to that, I can’t go past it because my leg will heal,” said Lupe.
Spending time with the family he helped save, could be the first step in healing emotionally.