Victims of Escaped Killer Identified. Absolutely Horrific Loss.

Collins Family Murdered In Texas

Houston family grieves grandfather, four grandchildren killed by escaped inmate – KBTX

A Houston family suffers the horrific loss of a grandfather and four grandsons after being murdered Thursday night in Centerville, Texas. The escaped inmate Gonzalo Lopez is responsible for the tragedy.

A Friday news conference identified the victims as 66-year-old grandfather Mark Collins and his grandsons, brothers Waylon, 18, Carson, 16, and Hudson, 11, and their 11-year-old cousin Bryson.

The five were visiting their family summer ranch in Centerville. In a statement on Friday, the family said they were devastated by the loss of their family members. Friday morning, Tomball ISD confirmed the four boys were students in the district. Waylon had just graduated.

“The loss of a student, for any reason, is heartbreaking, but to lose four in such a tragic way is excruciating, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of these beloved students and grandfather,” an email from the district said.

Authorities confirmed that the family had no prior link to Lopez and that the house had been searched and cleared multiple times since the convicted killer escaped on May 12.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Lopez stole a vehicle from the residence and was spotted by officers right outside San Antonio.

A chase ensued, and Lopez crashed into a tree. Lopez then got out of the truck with a firearm and shot at law enforcement. TDCJ Chief of Staff Jason Clark said officers returned fire, ultimately killing Lopez. No officers were injured in the shootout.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Houston family grieves grandfather, four grandchildren killed by escaped inmate  KBTX
  2. Escaped Texas inmate: 4 Tomball ISD students, grandfather believed murdered by convict, district con  KHOU 11
  3. Convicted murderer who escaped 3 weeks ago was killed by police hours after he was ID’d as suspect in killing of family of 5  CNN
  4. Escaped murderer Gonzalo Lopez located, killed following 3-week manhunt in Texas  Fox News
  5. Family devastated after Texas escapee kills man, grandsons  FOX13 Memphis

Escaped Inmate and Convicted Murder Dead After Shootout.

Killer dead after shootout

Escaped inmate Gonzalo Lopez killed by law enforcement after shootout – KXAN.com

An escaped murderer, suspected of killing a family of five, was shot and killed by law enforcement.

Law enforcement started to tail a vehicle matching a description of the one stolen from a home near Centerville on Thursday.  Lopez was driving a 1999 white Chevrolet Silverado pickup that was missing from the home where the family was found dead.

Jason Clark, with the Texas Department Of Criminal Justice, said law enforcement in Atascosa County shot and killed Gonzalo Lopez after a shootout.

Lopez escaped a prison bus when he stabbed one of the guards on a transport bus, then fled on foot. Law enforcement searched for him in Leon County about two weeks ago.

Lopez was a career criminal convicted of murder in two countries.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. LIVE: Escaped inmate Gonzalo Lopez killed by law enforcement after shooting  KXAN.com
  2. Escaped Texas inmate may be linked to 5 bodies found in home  LiveNOW from FOX
  3. TDCJ: Escaped inmate Gonzalo Lopez is dead after police shootout  KBTX
  4. Texas Department of Criminal Justice: 5 slain in Leon County may be connected to escaped convicted killer  KRGV
  5. Escaped murderer may be connected to 2 adults, 3 children found murdered in home, Texas officials say  Fox News
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