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El Paso veteran saluted by family as ‘hero’ after he died trying to shield wife from being run over

EL PASO, Texas -- The family of a military veteran who was crushed to death by a car outside a south-central El Paso bar while reportedly trying to shield his wife from being run over is speaking out about what police are calling his "intentional" death.

"You were my Batman," says the sister of 33-year-old Adrian Linton, calling her brother's actions to save his wife's life heroic.

Authorities say Linton and his wife, 35-year-old Ceclia Chavez, were intentionally struck by the driver of a Ford Mustang convertible outside Adrian’s Bar at 300 Luna Street in the early morning hours of May 15.

Both were rushed to University Medical Center where Linton died from his injuries, while Chavez remains hospitalized.

Investigators contend the Mustang's driver, Donovan Paul Byers, fled the scene after striking the couple; he was later arrested on murder and aggravated assault charges.

According to a police arrest affidavit, Byers admitted to detectives that upon leaving the bar he put his Mustang into reverse after revving up the engine, jumped a curb and struck an outside wall of the bar; this all came after a confrontation between two groups of people.

But Byers also claimed that he did not know had he struck anyone with his car during the incident, police said.

"This world is an evil place and all through my life you protected me from it. I was convinced that you were invincible. I am still convinced you are. You are my superhero. You were my Batman," Adrian's sister, Sirena Linton, wrote in a social media tribute to her brother - who was also an Iraqi war veteran.

Sirena Linton concluded her tribute post with the numbers 444. She told ABC-7 that's always been her family's code to say someone is watching out over them, and she believes her brother Adrian is now the family's new guardian angel.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family pay for Adrian Linton's funeral and burial expenses. You can click here if you wish to donate.

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Wil Herren

Wil Herren is an ABC-7 reporter who covers both news and sports.



  1. So sorry to learn that an Iraq war veteran has died so violently in the streets of El Paso. I salute you for your service and for the bravery of putting yourself to protect your family. You did the same thing when you served in Iraq by putting your life on the line for this country. For all of what you did in your young life, I salute you and send my deepest condolences to your loved ones.

      1. You are so right on this one alberto pedo muerto. I do believe in exclusivity. I exclude fools like you, murderers, rapists and child molesters (you know about child molesters) anarchists trying to take this country down, illegal aliens, tyrants, political hacks, demoKKKrats that insist on being racist and not challenged. Yes alberto. I do exclude your kind. So no salutes for you. Now go bathe.

          1. How about Foreword you are an idiot racist pig. How is that foreword? Does that Q your ass up?

      2. RepubliGuns all believe in exclusively. They target and exclude the ‘Unalikes’ in their mist. See how they targeted president Obama with that he’s not one of us campaign: He’s the ultimate Other He’s a Muslim, His Birth Certificate says born overseas. Constantly grasping at straws GOP Grand Old Partisan POS.✔️

        1. Oh, fk off. Obama is a Leftist scumbag anti-American p.o.f.s., who was probably born in Kenya.
          Regardless, his WHITE Mommy was an American, so it wouldn’t matter..
          I hate Obama’s guts because he hates us. Simple. Like you.

        2. Not a mist. We actually exist and believe in destroying your stupid Marxist ideology. You idiots are in the way of Freedom. So we sill seek you out and destroy you wherever we find you. You are just like cockroaches, invading the kitchen that feeds you. You won’t be happen till we do away with you. It happen in WWII and it will happen again. Tough shit for you, going backwards.

  2. R.I.P. May God bless your soul and may God protect your family. Thank you for serving our country?

    To the driver/murderer, I hope you get a life sentence.

  3. Alleged driver was probably an Iraqi or ‘Alf’ Veteran as well. Iraq or Afghanistan is where he leaned to drive his armoured personal carrier. Using little Iraqi kids as pylons. Iraqi driver should claim PTSD- ‘People That Shouldn’t Drive’

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