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Krissy Larsen-Martens, with her husband, Dallas Martens, on their wedding day in 2008. He was gunned down in Honduras on Friday. ((Facebook.com))

Relatives of a Martensville, Sask., man who was gunned down in Honduras on Friday after an armed robbery say they're doing what they can to cope with his death.

Dallas Martens and his wife, Krissy Larsen-Martens, moved to the island of Roatan two months ago to work as teachers.

Martens was shot dead after stepping between his wife and masked, armed robbers trying to steal her purse. The couple had just stopped their car to take a look at a piece of property on the island.

Martens was hit three times in the chest and died instantly, according to family friend Fred Makowecki.

On Monday, family friends said they're rallying to support Larsen-Martens. Members of the immediate family are flying to Honduras to help her cope.

"She is holding up, she is putting all her energy on her son right now and is just getting ready for the tough days ahead of her," Larsen-Martens's sister, Nicole Wagner, said.

"She has a very good support system there," Wagner said.

The couple were poised to adopt a baby Honduran boy, whom they met after getting married in Honduras about a year ago.

It's unknown whether any arrests have been made or how the police investigation is proceeding.

The family and close friends are trying to raise money for a reward to pay for information about the killing.

"They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time," another friend, Valerie Nelson, said in an email from the island.