• Sole survivor, 9, of deadly attack now home with family

    By: Nefertiti Jaquez

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    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A girl who survived a stabbing attack was smiling and cheerful Monday evening, just three weeks since police say she watched her mother stab to death her father and her four siblings.

    Diana Romero is your typical 9-year-old girl who likes playing with her friends and cousins.

    "I like to do art, I like doing bracelets. I'm always creative," Diana told Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez.

    Being back home with her family makes her happy and "not lonely," she said.

    Diana has spent the last two weeks in a hospital in ICU after a deadly attack on her family.

    Diana Romero, 9, is living with her aunt and uncle,
    Diana Romero, 9, is living with her aunt and uncle,
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    “This has been such a difficult time for our entire family. But we have Diana.  She's our symbol of hope,” uncle Antonia Romero told Jaquez.

    Romero said seeing Diana get through all her surgeries and survive all of this and still have a smile on her face gives him hope, especially now that he's her new legal guardian.

    “Your uncle says, he loves to see you smile. Do you love to see him smile? Jaquez asked Diana.

    “Yes, because it makes me think of my dad smiling."

    Out of respect to Diana and her family, Jaquez didn't ask about what happened to her on July 6.

    On that day, Gwinnett County police said they got a call from her mother Isabel Martinez and found the knife she used to kill her husband Martin Romero, as well as their children Isabela, Dacota, Dillan, and Axel inside their home along Emory Lane.  

    Isabel Martinez
    Isabel Martinez

    Diana survived.

    As for Diana, she's now smiling and showing off her colorful beaded bracelets.

    The bracelets were gifts given to her from doctors, nurses and police officers who were all by her side as she recovered.

    Martinez was charged with multiple counts of murder and was denied bond.

    Family members have set up a GoFundMe page if you would like to help.

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