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Wife Defends Her Husband, Even Though He Shot Her

One woman from Texas is lucky to be alive after her husband attempted to kill her. It was a botched murder-suicide attempt; the man died, but his victim survived.

Now, going on with her life, the woman says she forgives her husband and she's defending him.

Jason and Rachel Butler had just moved into a new home. Like so many young couples, they had their share of stresses and problems, but Rachel had no idea that Jason was being pushed to the brink.

Just days after moving into their new home in Montgomery County, the couple got into an argument in their car on the way home from Jason's high school reunion.

The argument continued to heat up on the ride home and exploded when they finally arrived at their new house. They got out of the car and the 39-year-old man began rummaging for his firearm in his truck.

Before they even went in the house, he shot Rachel on the driveway, then turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the chest.

The 26-year-old woman survived the gunshot wound and called 911 on Sunday morning. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Jason was declared dead.

“They had some type of altercation that was verbal at first but then became physical,” confirmed Lt. John Schmitt in a statement to The Houston Chronicle. “It continued to the house, and when they got here, there was evidence that there may have been another physical disturbance here.”

Rachel, a mother of two, says she forgives her husband for what he did, and hopes that others will, too.

“I am doing my best to separate the man he was Saturday night from the man I married,” she said to the Houston Chronicle. “I know that’s not the same person. The main thing right now is my kids.”

According to Mrs. Butler, the marriage had been rocky. They had been going for counseling, and she even had filed for divorce a month before the shooting.

She acknowledged that they were having trouble but says she never imagined it would come to the violent ending it did.

The mom is putting it out of her head for now. She's focusing on her four and six-year-old children, who were not at home on the night of the incident.

“God needed one of us here for our two precious babies,” Butler said. “I am very sorry that everything ended this way.”

Friends on Facebook were also trying to make sense of the tragedy, and attempting to separate Jason's final act from the man he had always been.

“Please remember him in this light, the love you can see he had for his family, the love he had for his friends,” wrote one friend on Facebook. “Remember him for the fun loving person we all knew him to be. Things happen, one thing should not take away from who he truly was.”

Source: New York Post
Photos: Facebook, KHOU, Chron

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