Arturo Martinez speaks out about brutal home invasion

Arturo Martinez speaks out about brutal home invasion

By Jessica Janner. CREATED Jul 12, 2012

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- About three months after his wife and daughter were brutally murdered in a gruesome home invasion, Arturo Martinez-Sanchez is speaking out about the ordeal.

Arturo himself was nearly killed by a claw hammer, allegedly at the hands of complete stranger.

On Thursday, the widowed father preached forgiveness for the accused murderer, 22-year-old Bryan Clay.

The family's two sons also survived. The oldest, Cristofer Arturo, reported the crime, telling his teacher that his mother and daughter were dead at home.

Arturo is still recovering from the crime, undergoing cognitive and speech therapy.

Despite a difficult time talking, Arturo addressed the media for the first time. It's just two days before he's set to re-open his gym, the Real K.O. Boxing Club.

In a prepared speech he read, "Yadira and my daughter Karla are in heaven waiting for me and my sons."

The newly-renovated gym will open to the public on July 14, the day his daughter Karla would have turned 11 years old. She came up with the slogan, "we create champions."

Arturo remembers nothing of the attack. He says he went to sleep on the couch and only woke up the next day around 5 p.m.

"I went to search the house and there was blood all over the whole house, my daughter's room was full of blood," remembers Arturo.

He says he tried to call 9-1-1 but couldn't get his fingers to respond due to his brain injury. He told his son Cristofer to tell the school.

At today's media event were North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross, and Lt. Ray Steiber (head of Metro's homicide division).

If you'd like to help the Martinez family:

Checks can be made out to: Construction Industry Workers Charitable Foundation.

Memo line should read: to benefit the Arturo Martinez family

Send to: Bank of Nevada, 2700 West Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102


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