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December 13, 2018

Murdered Bronx mom stopped her son from answering door where armed assassin awaited

November 27, 2018
Bronx mom Wendy Martinez was shot and killed through her apartment peephole. She stopped her 15-year-old son from answering the doorbell when the killer rang that night. (Obtained by Daily News)

A mother’s final intuition saved her teenage son’s life.

Bronx mom Wendy Martinez, executed by a gunshot blast through her apartment peephole, stopped her 15-year-old son from answering the door when a killer rang that night, a close family friend told the Daily News.




“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 Alex Martinez remains “devastated” by the Saturday night slaying, Rodriguez said.

The teen, described by family friends as a straight A student and outstanding athlete, desperately dialed 911 for his dying 45-year-old mom from their first-floor Concourse Village apartment.

Sources told the News the shooter was likely after Wendy Martinez’s elder son Brian Solano, 25, who was charged with murder in a December 2014 gang-related shooting.

Victim Willie Lora, 21, was the brother of a high-ranking member of the Trinitarios gang, according to sources.

Private investigator Manuel Gomez, who uncovered evidence last year that led to Solano’s release without bail in the case, said the murder suspect’s family received repeated death threats in the years since the killing.

Rodriguez, 41, recalled how 15 people waited for Martinez and her relatives outside court after a 2015 hearing, making threats of violence and vengeance.

“No one has protected my family,” said Rodriguez, who shared a relationship with Wendy Martinez as if they were sisters.

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.”

She also insisted that Solano, due back in court next week, was not involved with any gangs and stressed what a great son the accused killer was.

Martinez, 45, never faltered in her support for Solano, Rodriguez said.

“She saved my godson’s life,” said Rodriguez. “She’s a mother who died for her sons.”




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