Our network

Arturo Martinez Talks Forgiveness After Vicious Attacks | News

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Arturo Martinez Talks Forgiveness After Vicious Attacks
News

LAS VEGAS -- The man who awoke from a coma to learn his wife and daughter were brutally raped and killed said he forgives the family's attacker.

Arturo Martinez was also beaten – all three were attacked by a man wielding a claw hammer – in mid April. His wife, Yadira, and 10-year-old daughter, Karla, died in the attack.

Bryan Clay was arrested and charges with their murders.

"I forgive you. That's it. Nothing else," Martinez said of Clay. "If he gave me a kiss, I would give him a kiss.

"I have no choice but to forgive him. I have to forgive him once and that's it."

During an unveiling of his family's renovated Real K.O. Boxing Gym on Thursday, he said he and his sons are moving forward with their lives.

SLIDESHOW: Community Gathers For Gym's Reopening

Members of the community – plumbers, electricians, painters and other tradesmen – spent the past two weeks working on the gym. The gym closed after Yadira and Karla were killed.

He said he doesn't remember the attack, only that he woke up the next day to find his wife and daughter laying on the floor.

"There were no words for it," he said of that morning. "I went to search the house and there was blood all over the whole house."

But despite his forgiveness, Martinez still wants justice.

"Our happy family was destroyed by the evil of this man," he said. "He will pay for these crimes and he will be punished."

Martinez's brother-in-law, Ken Seal, said he is more concerned that the remaining Martinez family members move on with their lives than worrying about "some guy that committed an evil thing."

"We're going to stand toe-to-toe," Seal said. We're not going to give up. There's no throwing in the towel on this one."

Martinez suffered serious injuries and is still attending physical and speech therapy sessions five hours a day.

During the unveiling, bracelets were handed out that honored Yadira and Karla. At times, Martinez fought to hold back tears, but with his sons Cristopher and Alejandro at his side, he was able to continued.

Nine-year-old Cristopher remembered his mother and sister as fun-loving people.

He said he is helping his father so that he can be happy again.

Arturo told the crowd gathered at the gym that reopening the business is his way of honoring his wife and daughter. He added that surrounding himself with people who love him also aids in his recovery.

News

Downtown Deals