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Grandfather and four grandsons identified as family killed by escaped inmate

Grandfather and four grandsons identified as family killed by escaped inmate
Youths aged 11 – 18 also killed

A 66-year-old grandfather and his four “shining star” grandsons have been identified as those allegedly killed by prisoner escapee Gonzalo Lopez in Texas last week.

Mr Collins was named among the family of five found dead on Thursday in Leon County, while Lopez was himself killed during a shoot-out with police in Jourdanton, Texas.

That took place not far from – and hours after – the bodies of the Collins family were located at a woodland cabin by police conducting a welfare check.

A family member concerned about the Collins’s whereabouts had alerted authorities earlier on Thursday when police say Lopez turned-up at the cabin and killed the family of five before stealing their vehicle.

He was located in the stolen vehicle hours later and stopped in Jourdanton. The 46-year-old murder convict was then shot fatally by police.

Authorities said Lopez had been on the run since escaping from a prison bus earlier in May, in what Houston Crime Stoppers director Andy Kahan called “absolutely one of the most gut-wrenching scenarios that I’ve dealt with and I’ve seen a lot and been through a lot” during a Friday news conference .

The grandsons of Collins were identified during the news conference as Waylon Collins, 18; Carson Collins, 16; Hudson Collins, 11; and Bryson Collins, 11.

Tributes to the “shining star” four have since been paid by family in comments to multiple news outlets, with Harris County Sheriff’s Detective David Crain telling KTRK the grandsons “were bright, shining stars” and that “What happened to the Collins family is unspeakable.”