He’s called a “first rate protector” and Sunday, Jonathan Murphy lost his life as he tried to protect his wife and others around him during a jewelry heist at Rolling Oaks Mall.
“My husband’s instincts, his protective instincts kicked in,” said Aimee Murphy.
She told KTSA’s Trey Ware they were getting their wedding rings cleaned at Kay Jewelers when the suspects smashed a jewelry case.
“He just wanted to get in front of me. I think he was just trying to protect me and everyone else,” she said.
Then one of the suspects opened fire.
“He shot him several times,” said Aimee as her voice cracked.
She says her husband never served in the military, but he came from a military family and loved the Marine Corps.
“He would have made a hell of a Marine,” she said.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of the man described by police as a Good Samaritan.
Two suspects are in custody. One is in critical condition after being shot by someone with a Concealed Handgun License and the other was arrested in Converse shortly after the botched robbery.
Both are charged with capital murder and aggravated robbery. Thirty-four-year-old Jason Matthew Prieto is at the Bexar County Jail with bond set at $1.7 million dollars.
Thirty-four-year-old Jose Luis Rojas remains at San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Two other victims hit by shrapnel have been released from the hospital. KHOU-TV in Houston identifies them as Ivan Velasco and his wife, Adriana Velasco.
Dr. Ivan Velasco is an assistant principal at Willis High School in the Houston area and Mrs. Velasco is an assistant principal at Meador Elementary.