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:
- Houston family grieves grandfather, four grandchildren killed by escaped inmate KBTX
- Escaped Texas inmate: 4 Tomball ISD students, grandfather believed murdered by convict, district con KHOU 11
- 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
- Escaped murderer Gonzalo Lopez located, killed following 3-week manhunt in Texas Fox News
- Family devastated after Texas escapee kills man, grandsons FOX13 Memphis