Good Samaritan's death raises questions about how to intervene in abuse

Good Samaritan dies helping abused woman

SAN ANTONIO - There's been an outpouring of support for the Good Samaritan who was killed while trying to help a victim of domestic violence.

His family has raised twice what they had hoped to cover his funeral expenses. The Good Samaritan’s death is raising questions about how to help strangers you believe might be victims of domestic abuse

Isidro Zarate spent his last moments on Earth trying to help a stranger, a woman who was the victim of domestic abuse. It all happened in the parking lot of the Walmart off Vance Jackson and I-10 on Black Friday.

The Good Samaritan, Zarate, was in his car when he saw a man dragging a woman by the hair. San Antonio police say that Zarate said "let her go" and, seconds later, he was dead.

KENS 5 asked SAPD what you should do if you see a person being victimized. SAPD says that they prefer you call 911 and give a description of the abuser and what's going on.

Department spokesman Officer Doug Greene says that each case is different and sometimes the threat seems so immediate, Good Samaritans might decide on their own to get involved. The Battered Women and Children's Shelter also says that calling authorities is the best way to help.

The shelter's president, Marta Peláez, explained why domestic violence is so dangerous and violent:

“Domestic violence is all about controlling someone else,” Peláez said. “If someone is trying to intervene in something that that is the very moment of extreme control and someone comes and tries to take that away, I think that that is a moment of extreme danger.”

Anyone wanting to get away from domestic abuse can call the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter at 210-733-8810 or visit their official website.

(© 2016 KENS)


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