BIRTH: May 5, 1996
DEATH: November 8, 2008
Nick, 12, was killed by his father after the father had shot, stabbed, and killed Nick’s mother, Teresa. The murders happened because Teresa, Nick’s mother, told her husband that she was moving out and taking the kids and filing for divorce.
Moments after having his neck slashed, Nick Bugarin did something authorities say likely saved the lives of his younger sisters. He fought back. Court documents filed say the boy took the knife from his father and stabbed the man twice in the back. That gave his younger sisters the chance to escape. Nick died soon after at a neighbor’s home.
“There is no doubt in my mind. All evidence suggests he saved his sisters’ lives,” said Dodge County Assistant Attorney Gary ReMine, “The boy was a hero.”
Details about the boy’s heroic final moments emerged after his father, Ismael Bugarin, 33, was charged in Dodge District Court with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. He is accused of killing his wife, Teresa Bugarin, 27, and his son, Nick, and attacking his 6- and 8-year-old daughters.
He slashed one of the girls on her neck and then cut his son’s neck. He came up behind the third child and stabbed her under the chin. That’s when Nick fought back, wrestling the knife away and stabbing his father twice.
The father then slit his own wrists. When authorities arrived, at the neighbors’ home, they found the boy lying in a pool of blood with a bloody knife on the floor next to him. When asked what happened, one of the girls said, “Dad shot our mom. Dad shot our mom.” The sister also told her Aunt, “Nick saved us, Auntie, he saved us”.
Ismael Bugarin pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the death of his wife Teresa and second degree murder in the death of his 12-year-old son, Nick. Bugarin also pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree attempted murder for trying to kill his two daughters. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole.