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.