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Texas: Grandfather and four grandchildren killed by prison escapee

Grandfather Mark Collins (below left) and his grandsons Waylon, Carson, Hudson and Bryson are believed to have been killed by an escaped convict

Grandfather Mark Collins (below left) and his grandsons Waylon, Carson, Hudson and Bryson are said to have been killed by an escaped convict (Image: AP)

A Texas grandfather and his four grandchildren were shot, stabbed and killed by a prison escapee who was attacking their family’s ranch, according to authorities.

Gonzalo Lopez escaped a prison transport bus on May 12 by freeing himself from his restraints. Other inmates reportedly helped Lopez escape by making noise and distracting guards in transit.

Police believe Lopez attacked a ranch owned by Mark Collins in Centerville, Texas after he escaped. Mark was found dead on June 2 along with his four grandchildren, 18-year-old Waylon Collins, 16-year-old Carson Collins, 11-year-old Hudson Collins and 11-year-old Bryson Collins.

Mark and Waylon were both killed from gunshot wounds and sharp force injuries, according to the coroner’s report released Thursday. Carson, Hudson and Bryson were killed by gunfire and stab wounds.

Gonzalo Lopez escaped from a Texas prison transport bus in May

Gonzalo Lopez escaped from a Texas prison transport bus in May (Image: AP)

Lopez was convicted of murder at the Mexican border in 2006 and was serving a life sentence.

Lopez’s escape began one of the largest inmate raids in Texas state history. Authorities combed the forest where he escaped with 40 patrols and offered a $50,000 reward.

“Lopez has a utter disregard for human life and will do anything to avoid capture,” said Texas Inspector General Cris Love.

Investigators said DNA was found at the ranch that linked Lopez to the crime, KHOU 11 reported.

Gonzalo Lopez was serving a life sentence for a murder committed in 2006

Gonzalo Lopez was serving a life sentence for a murder committed in 2006 (Image: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

Lopez was also found in possession of a handgun and AR-15 rifle stolen from Mark’s ranch, as well as the ranch owner’s white Chevrolet pickup truck.

Police chased Lopez in the pickup truck until they could flatten his tires with spike traps. Lopez crashed into a fence where he reportedly shot pursuing officers. He was killed in the shooting.

A public funeral for the Collins family will be held June 11 at Champion Baptist Church in Houston and will be livestreamed on Facebook and the church’s website.

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Justin Scacco

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