Hero Dog Blocked Family From Attacker’s Bullets, Died Saving Their Lives

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An enraged neighbor showed up at Laura Martinez’ house while she was hosting a birthday party for her teenage daughter. He opened fire on the Martinezes and everyone else at the home at around 9:30 p.m.

That’s when Zero, the family dog, leapt into the fray.

While the shooter hit three people at the party, including Martinez, her son, Taylor Hollier, and her daughter, Valerie Pace, Zero jumped directly at the attacker and began biting him. The hail of gunfire was quelled, but the gunman shot Zero three times, ABC reports.

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Police taped off Laura Martinez’ home, where a neighbor opened fire on people at a birthday party.


The dog was put to sleep shortly after the attacker left.

“This is not something we would ever think was going to happen,” Laura Martinez told Click2Houston.

“I’m staring at the whole scene around and it almost feels like a dream,” Pace said.

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Shooting victim Valerie Pace.




Martinez was shot in the leg, and requires crutches to walk. Pace was shot twice, once in the back and once in the leg. Collier was shot in the foot.

All three are expected to recover from their injuries.

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Shooting victim Laura Martinez.


“I’m going to miss him a lot,” Pace said. “He jumped up to protect us and never showed any fear, even when he was struck.”

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Three people were injured in the attack, including Laura Martinez, her daughter, Valerie Pace, and her son, Taylor Hollier.

Police have the assailant’s identity and are tracking him down. The man allegedly broke into the Martinez’ home the day before the party. When Laura Martinez went to the house where he lived with his parents, he was not home.

Martinez left a note.

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