Friends say man who died in east valley drive-by shooting was a ‘hero’

Friends say 42-year-old Angel Fabre is a hero. Fabre died Sunday after getting shot in a drive-by. 8/09/17 (Dwayne Stout)

A 42-year-old man who died in a drive-by shooting over the weekend is being remembered as a hero.

Friends of Angel Fabre say he took several gunshots to save the lives of five people sleeping inside an east valley home.

“He’s a hero and I’m glad I knew him,” said Dewayne Stout who lived with Angel.

Stout re-lives the horror of a barrage of bullets going through his home off Desert Inn Road and Nellis Boulevard, Sunday morning. Stout says his friend sacrificed his life to save his family.

"Some guys were shooting up our house and he came outside to divert the gunfire and got shot himself,” said Dewayne Stout.

The Clark County Coroner says multiple bullets hit Angel Fabre in the thigh and chest.

Metro police say 40-year-old Jimmy Roper and 41-year-old Larry Rinker drove by the home and started unleashing continuous gunfire.

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"We had issues with them and they came back for retaliation,” said Stout.

Stout says the day before the shooting he got into an argument with Rinker and Roper and that confrontation was mainly a shouting match.

"I never thought it would escalate like this. We didn't go there with guns nothing else,” Stout told us.

Stout says he will hold the good thoughts of his friend forever knowing he saved the lives of his family.

"He was always the type of guy that would do anything for anybody. He was always caring and giving,” said Stout.

Jimmy Roper faces charges on conspiracy murder, open murder, four counts discharging a gun into an occupied structure, possession/use a dangerous weapon, and own/possess a gun by a prohibited person.

Larry Rinker faces charges on aggravated stalking, conspiracy to commit murder, open murder with a deadly weapon, four counts discharging a gun into an occupied structure, owning/possessing a gun by a prohibited person, and domestic battery.

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