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Report: Cause of death released for Collins family

The 5 family members had been discovered useless earlier this month in Leon County. Investigators say they had been killed by escapee Gonzalo Lopez.

HOUSTON — As a family prepares to put their family members to relaxation, investigators with Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Texas Department of Public Safety had been again on the scene Thursday in Centerville.

This comes after the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences issued preliminary causes of death for 4 boys and their grandfather, who investigators say had been killed by escapee Gonzalo Lopez at their family ranch in Leon County earlier this month.   

The report was released Thursday by Leon County Justice of the Peace Judge Jack Keeling’s Office.   

According to the report, Mark Collins, the grandfather, and 18-year-old Waylon Collins died from gunshot wounds and sharp pressure accidents. Mark Collins was shot within the stomach and Waylon Collins was shot within the again.

The report additionally says 16-year-old Carson Collins, 11-year-old Bryson Collins and 11-year-old Hudson Collins all died of gunshot and stab wounds.

This is a preliminary report. The Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences tells KHOU11 a full post-mortem will not be out there for one other 60 to 90 days. 

How was Lopez in a position to escape

Lopez escaped from a prison transport bus on May 12. He was killed in a shootout with officers on June 2 after investigators say he killed the family members. 

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“What’s so distinctive about that is how lengthy the manhunt lasted,” mentioned Dr. Mitchel Roth, a professor at Sam Houston State University.

“Loads of the knowledge wasn’t released in a well timed style, there’s nonetheless quite a bit of questions that want answering,” mentioned Dr. Roth.

Pictures released by TDCJ present the same jail bus and the steel wire beneath the driving force’s seat, the place a spokesman says the escaped convict was in a position to break via, crawl on his abdomen and assault the driving force.

“The other inmates were creating a distraction on the bus by singing, yelling, sitting up and down and clapping their hands,” mentioned Robert Hurst, a TDCJ spokesman.

Earlier this week, State Senator John Whitmire instructed KHOU 11 he known as for TDCJ to cease inmate transports till the investigation is full and the company agreed.

RELATED: TDCJ suspends inmate transport in wake of Gonzalo Lopez’s escape

Dr. Roth says Texas has had high-profile escapes earlier than.

“For occasion, in 1998 once they had the escape from death row by Martin Gurule, they ended up transferring death row, they didn’t do this beforehand,” he mentioned.

A GoFundMe has been arrange for the family. If you wish to assist the family, you can donate here.

Gonzalo Lopez escape timeline

  • May 12 – Investigators say Lopez escaped his shackles, attacked a corrections officer and hijacked a jail bus in Leon County whereas being transported between prisons
  • May 13 – The search become a large manhunt with resources from across the state coming to the Centerville space
  • May 18 – New images had been released of Lopez from earlier than the hijacking They confirmed him cuffed whereas being led to the jail bus
  • May 25 – More new footage had been released by U.S. Marshals, exhibiting Lopez’s tattoos as they continued to ask for assist
  • June 2 – Authorities say Lopez killed a family of 5, stole their truck and made his technique to a rural space close to San Antonio the place he was killed in a shootout

Collins family funeral

A public visitation will happen from 6:30 to eight:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at Houston Northwest Church, situated at 19911 State Hwy. 249 in Houston. 

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The public funeral service will happen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Champion Forest Baptist Church, which is situated at 15555 Stuebner Airline Rd in Houston.

The funeral service will likely be live-streamed on Houston Northwest Church’s Facebook page and the church’s website

The family burial will likely be non-public.

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