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Man who lost wife, daughter in April home invasion stays positive

Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
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Updated: 12/31/2012 8:02 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Arturo Martinez lost his wife Yadira and his 10-year-old daughter Karla when they were raped and murdered in their home on April 15. He barely survived the attack. As the year ends he and his two surviving sons are moving forward.

He says his strong Catholic faith has helped him cope after what Metro officers said was the worst crime scene they had ever witnessed.

"That's what is the most important for me," Martinez said during an interview on Sunday. "My faith and my sons' faith."

Bryan Clay is alleged to have committed the crimes after breaking into the Martinez home in the middle of the night. Yadira and Karla were raped and killed with a hammer. Arturo was also struck several times in the head with a hammer and had his skull fractured at least 17 times. Two boys, Alejandro, 5, and Christopher, 10, were unharmed because they were sleeping in a back bedroom. They hid in the their room all weekend. When Arturo had trouble keeping consciousness on Monday morning he sent Christopher to school to get help.

Martinez is recovering from his brain and eye injuries. He says some days are good days with little pain and others are less free of pain.

"I'm positive for my kids, positive for life, positive on work," he said. "You know everything is possible for me."

Family members are helping him with accommodations and daily living chores. He says he has plenty of appointments with various doctors and health providers. Counselors are helping him and his sons cope with the loss of two members of their family.

He says his favorite memory of his wife is when they went on vacations while he fondly recalls Yadira's win in a swimming meet after he helped coach her with her underwater breathing.

He gives his sons advice to move forward with life.

"Whenever you are getting better it's up to you, it's not up to anybody else and they know that," Martinez said. "I tell them that the ugly memories that you have from Karla and Yadira, forget it. Use the good ones and then you go up."

In July, Martinez said that he forgave Clay for his actions because of his deep faith in God. He says he still feels the same way.

His advice for Las Vegans is to live their faith whatever it is rather than just going to church for show.

"In without faith, out without faith," he said. "People have to be praying for the other people. Praying means a lot to God."


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