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Community mourns loss of beloved educator


Last updated 7/6/2018 at Noon

Holly Martinez stands proudly with her three children during happier times. Friends of the slain educator believe she would have wanted the world to know about the horror of domestic violence, including her two teenage daughters, so they will know how to take steps to protect themselves from becoming another statistic. Martinez was allegedly shot by her husband with a gun that he had purchased legally and kept in a safe in their home.

Snohomish County Sheriff officers tried for more than an hour to save the life of Holly Martinez when they arrived at the home east of Mill Creek on the night of Monday, June 18. She was declared dead at the scene at approximately 10 p.m.

The beloved educator and respected member of the Mill Creek community died from a gunshot would in an apparent case of domestic abuse.

“My husband and I heard the sirens and wondered what was happening,” Lila Johnson remembered. “So sad to realize it was someone I found to be full of grace, kindness and a love for children and education.

“Very s...

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