June 4, 2022
A Houston-area grandfather and his four grandsons were murdered on Thursday by a member of the Mexican Mafia who escaped from a prison bus three weeks earlier.
The convicted murderer, Gonzalo Lopez, was killed by police in a fierce firefight after a pursuit on Texas 16 on Thursday after a three-week manhunt.
Lopez was serving two consecutive life sentences for capital murder in Hidalgo County before he escaped the prison bus on May 12.
Mark Collins, 66, and his grandsons Waylon, 18, Carson, 16 and twins Hudson and Bryson, 11, were staying in a cabin when Lopez, who had been hiding out in a wooded area, ambushed them.
After murdering Mark Collins and his four grandsons, Lopez stole the Collins family truck and an AR-15 and sped off.
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