A North Las Vegas police officer was moved by compassion and faith to adopt five children after responding to a homicide call.
Officer Nicholas Quintana said God gave him a sign when he heard the call about a homicide on his lunch break.
The 9-1-1 call came from a young girl who said her parents were fighting, followed by the sound of four gunshots in the background.
Even though there were enough officers responding to the call, Quintana said he felt he should go to the house.
“I’m a regular guy who God called to the incident,” he told 8 News Now. “I just felt this abrupt urge to go. I was originally just kind of resistant to that feeling because I was just trying to enjoy my lunch. And again, it just came stronger. I know it sounds weird, but it kept getting stronger.”
When he arrived at the scene on Osaka Pearl Street in North Vegas, he learned that a man was shot and killed and a woman had been arrested. The woman was the mother of five children who were left in the midst of the crime.
According to a police report, the victim was a man in his 50s, later identified as Paul Ezra. He was the ex-husband of 40-year-old Emily Ezra, who was charged with murder and is being held without bail.
Quintana was moved by the scene as he remembered how his own father was killed by a family member when he was a child.
“What really stirred my heart was, to be honest, I definitely empathized with them. My father was killed by a family member of mine,” Quintana explained. “I heard the youngest, the 6-year-old, I heard her say, no, but I love daddy. That’s when I said I was choked up, and that’s when those callings started.”
After discussing with his wife, Quintana contacted child protective services, which had taken custody of the children.
When he met with the children at Child Haven, he told them he was going to be there for them.
“I looked at the kids, and I say the whole reason why we are here is not just because we want to check up on you but because my wife and I would like to receive you guys into our home and take you out of the system.”
When asked by the oldest child if he wanted all five of them, Quintana didn’t hesitate.
“I said yes, all of you. Every single one of you,” he told the children.
Quintana and his wife, who have been together for eight years, have been trying to have children for a while. Now, they will have five.
The couple is currently in the process of getting certified as foster parents.
It’s been a sudden whirlwind for the family, having to buy enough food and school supplies for the children while making room for them in the small house. Officer Quintana admitted it’s been a stressful experience, but his faith is motivating him to go forward.
“It’s definitely testing my faith. To be specific with you, it’s very stressful. I’d be lying if I said it’s not stressful. But overall, I want to say that things are better and good,” he said.
While the adoptions are being processed, the Nevada Police Union has contributed with donations. They have also provided beds and dressers for the children.