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Of course, they have a GoFundMe page.
Wendy Martinez, 45, went to the door in her Concourse Village apartment sometime around 9.45pm when she was shot in the head by a masked gunman.
Her insistence on opening the door as opposed to her teenage son, likely saved the youngster’s life.
‘He was there with her at that moment,’ the boy’s godmother Karla Rodriguez told the Daily News. ‘He was going to open the door, but she said, ‘No, I’ll go open the door.’ That’s when she got shot in the face.’
Her boy Alexander Angulo remains ‘devastated’ by the Saturday night slaying, Rodriguez said.
Angulo, described by family friends as a straight-A student and outstanding athlete, called 911 from a closet to alert authorities, but his mother was pronounced dead at the scene.
Martinez, an employee at Lincoln Medical Center and Red Sox fan living in the Bronx, likely was not the intended target, according to police.
Sources say that the shooter was likely after Wendy’s older son, 25-year-old Brian Solano who is accused in the murder of Willie Lora.
He allegedly fired a gun into an apartment building lobby, striking and killing Lora on December 8, 2014.
Lora, 21, was the brother of a high-ranking member of the Trinitarios gang, according to the News.
Solano spent three years on Rikers Island and a month in Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, New York, before he was freed from jail in 2017. A private investigator submitted new evidence in the case prompting a retrial.
Solano was apparently not home at the time of Saturday’s incident although he did live at the apartment block.
‘That’s a gang-related hit,’ a source told the New York Post. ‘This is street justice. Everyone on the streets knows that Solano killed that kid.’
‘The Edenwald Gang, affiliated with the Bloods,’ said private detective Manuel Gomez, ‘actually killed this mother.’
Gomez, the private detective who found the possible evidence that could ultimately get Solano’s murder charge dropped, was clear about the nature of the shooting of Wendy Martinez. ‘This was a retaliation killing,’ he said to PIX11.
‘Solano is devastated,’ Gomez continued. ‘The whole family is devastated. They’re beyond words. They called me crying.’
The murder suspect’s family had received repeated death threats in the years since the killing.
Neighbors in the Bronx apartment building were shocked and saddened by the violent incident.
‘It’s such a quiet building and nothing ever happens,’ Juan Sanchez, 54, a building resident for over 25 years told the Daily News. ‘It’s like in the movies.’
Whoever carried out the brutal act managed to concealed their identity.
The gunman used his umbrella to shield his face from at least two different cameras located in the building.
The slain mother’s family is making arrangements for Martinez’s burial in her native Dominican Republic, according to Rodriguez.
The family friend stressed that Martinez did not come from a ‘family of criminals.’
Martinez’s brother ‘is an airplane mechanic and served in the Air Force,’ said Rodriguez. ‘Wendy has worked at Lincoln Hospital for a long time. Barbara, her mother, used to work taking care of patients. We are talking about working people and good people. We’re not in gangs.’
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money for the family following the mother’s murder.