Suddenly, the window glass shattered in Ashayla’s bedroom. Having taken off her nurse’s uniform, Lucinda rushed from her room to Ashayla’s bedroom wearing only her undergarments — fearing Ashayla was still there.
The next thing she knew, Lucinda said a gun was in her face, and a masked intruder commanded her, “Freeze *****.”
In that moment, Lucinda, realized her daughter was not in the bedroom and yelled “hide.” Ignoring the intruder’s order, she ran for Ashayla.
A bullet whizzed by Lucinda’s head in the hallway, barely missing her, she said.
She looked to see the gun firing again, this time not at her but at Joe, who had crossed her in the hallway and was lunging at the intruder, she said. Four bullets hit Joe, one to the head. But he would not stop, Lucinda said, and he growled.
It was “like a growl, I’ve never ever heard before,” Lucinda recalled.
Then she heard what sounded like the intruder fumbling with the venetian blinds and she saw Joe fall. He looked at her before he hit the ground — with a look Lucinda said she won’t forget. It was if he was saying, “Mommy, you’re safe now,” she said.