Girlfriend of shooting victim says he died saving her and their unborn baby

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — Milwaukee Police are looking for a suspect who shot and killed a man as he was stopped at a red light, in broad daylight Friday afternoon, PIX11 sister station FOX6 reported.

Lexi Rivera was in the vehicle when the shooting happened. She says her boyfriend, Jose Rodriguez, threw his body over her to save her life.

"We didn't have a chance," said Lexi Rivera, the victim's girlfriend.

They are the terrifying moments Lexi Rivera cannot forget.

"We were holding hands, he just looked at me and covered me," Rivera said.

Friday afternoon, May 3, Rivera and her boyfriend -- 22-year-old Jose Rodriguez -- were driving near 27th and Hayes, when they noticed a familiar face.

"All of a sudden we're at the stop and here he came flying around us, around from my door, cut us off and just wouldn't stop shooting," said Rivera.

Rivera says Rodriguez threw his body on top of her, sacrificing his own life so she could live.

"I caught a bullet fragment in my leg but other than that, Jose took them all for me," said Rivera.

The suspect drove off and police are currently looking for him.

Loved ones gathered in the spot of the shooting on Saturday, May 4, to remember a life taken suddenly.

"He protected us all with his life. We're just lost," Rivera said.

Rivera says her boyfriend was a family man, excited for a baby on the way.

"Somebody who respected and loved people was taken because of ignorance," said Rivera.

She's thankful Rivera was there to protect her, but heartbroken he lost his life.

"Keep everybody close and just stop the ignorance, just stop. Our city could be known for so much more," Rivera said.

Milwaukee police continue to investigate. They are looking for a known suspect in the case.

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