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May 20, 2013
There's a TV show called "What Would You Do?" The premise is people are secretly filmed in awkward and sometimes embarrassing situations, and we get to see how they react.

Then there's real life, when we are faced with split-second decisions that affect our lives and others.

Martin Robison, 34, a high school friend of mine, was recently put into a real-life situation and how he reacted can only be described as heroic.

And it cost him his life.

On May 8, Robison was taking his 7-year-old daughter to school, when he witnessed his next door neighbor in Addison, Texas, being attacked by her deranged husband.

Robison stepped in and the bleeding victim ran to safety to tend to 17 stab wounds.

Robison's wife, Nattnoi, answered the door to find her daughter screaming along with her stabbed neighbor.

Across the parking lot, Robison was lying injured — stabbed seven times — including a knife wound to head. A week later, he died at the hospital.

Robison did what he knew was right.

His murderer, Robert Pineda, 27, fled and has been eluding police, who believe he is somewhere in Houston.

The victim survived because of Robison's actions.

But for his actions, he leaves behind a wife and daughter. His dad, Paul, called him a "gentle soul." He truly was and will be missed by all who knew him.

I don't think many people would have put themselves in harm's way the way Robison did. Would you?

I just hope for justice and that the man who did this pays dearly for the pain he has caused.

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    Thank you
    May 21, 2013 | 10:25 PM

    Aldo, thank you for writing about my sweet brother. I remember how close Martin was to your family and he always talked fondly of you all. He was a great guy and my entire family misses him greatly. I pray for justice and for healing. My niece deserves that.

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    another good samaritan
    May 21, 2013 | 10:48 PM

    We all must leave our world better than we found it, in some way. Bless Martin.

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    God bless him!
    May 25, 2013 | 12:09 PM

    I didn't know him but my heart breaks for his little girl!!!

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    In my thoughts
    June 04, 2013 | 10:20 PM

    Martin was the leasing agent you assisted with my move to Addison. As a result of his huge smile and helpful demeanor, many existing resident and prospective residents would endure long lines (in the leasing office) to seek assistance from Martin. He had the ability to leave a lasting impression on those he came in contact with. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends. I hope that justice is served, and I also hope the media will renew interest in this story and keep this senseless tragedy in our minds. The police and the community needs to continue demanding justice, even when the media stops talking about it!!!

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