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Authorities Are Investigating The Tragic Death Of A Couple In Front Of Their Son While On Vacation In Guerrero

New grisly details have emerged out about the murders of a Utah couple that left their 12-year-old son injured on the side of a road in Mexico. Paul Nielsen, 52, and his wife Janet Vázquez, 44, were traveling through the state of Guerrero early in the morning on July 18 on their way to a vacation they had planned in Zihuatanejo, a popular tourist spot. But some point on their way there, the couple was attacked, shot, and killed. Their son, Kevin, was in the car with them, but CNN says he was not shot. 

Many are looking for answers and wondering how this could have happened.

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According to a family statement, the couple was being followed by three vehicles and shortly after they were being chased after. When Vasquez realized they were in danger, she shouted and Nielsen accelerated the vehicle with the assailants opening fire on them. Nielsen would lose control of his car and crashed on the side of the road. The attackers would pulled him and his family out of the car, robbed them and placed them in another vehicle. 

“They were driving on the highway when three vehicles began chasing them and Kevin said that his mother shouted that they were going to assault them,” Nielsen’s daughter, Priscilla, said in a statement to the New York Post. “Our dad accelerated. Kevin heard shots fired, our dad lost control of the car and it went off the road.”

While it’s still unclear at what point Nielsen and Vazquez were killed, a statement explained that the couple was driven to another area where their bodies were dumped on the side of the road.

“Our family is absolutely devastated over the loss of our dad,” Nielsen’s family said in a statement, adding they received a call notifying them of his death back in July 18. “We were very close to him. His family was his world, and he wasn’t just our father, he was one of our best friends.” 

Now investigators hope that the couples son, Kevin, might have some answers that will lead to finding potential suspects.

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Their 12-year-old son is still “very traumatized” by the events and is still trying to recount all of the events that happened that day. Kevin was reportedly left on the side of the road, injured, and tried to flag down passing motorists but didn’t receive help until state police arrived. 

The U.S. Department of State said in a statement on Tuesday that the agency was “aware of reports of the death of an American citizen in Guerrero, Mexico,” but have yet to identify Nielsen or Vasquez by name.

“The State Department has an active travel advisory for certain areas of Mexico, including the state our dad was planning on driving through,” the family said in a statement. “Though he was usually a careful person, he must not have seen that advisory and that ignorance had tragic results that will affect all of us for the rest of our lives.”

Nielsen split time between the U.S and Mexico as Vasquez was his second wife.

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Vasquez and Kevin both lived in Mexico and Nielsen spent time traveling between Utah and Mexico to see his family. According to CNN, the couple had a faith-based marriage. Their marriage was not legally recognized so immigration rights weren’t an option. This led to Nielsen splitting his time between Utah and Mexico to see Vasquez and his son. 

“Immigration was not a reasonable option so our dad split his time between Mexico and Utah,” Nielsen’s family said in a statement. “Our dad was the only member of the family, either in Utah or Mexico, who was bilingual, but despite that Kevin always had a soft spot for my little sister, who’s 7.”

As more details come are revealed we can only hope for the best for the family. Nielsen’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday in South Jordan, Utah.

“He loved people and though he sometimes came across as shy in public, those who knew him well saw a warm, playful and intelligent man. He loved riddles, and we often discussed problems and ideas together over the dinner table. He touched so many lives and has many friends and loved ones that are struggling with his loss.”

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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We are rarely more defensive than we are for our abuelos. The viejitos have always been there for us and seeing them treated unkindly is just heartbreaking. That is what one Twitter user experienced after her abuelo got a wretched note about his decorations outside his home.

This is the horrid letter left for @goldenstef’s abuelo by undesirable neighbors.

The letter, which is filled with misspelled words, calls the abuelo’s house an example of a “low class Mexican family.” The letter was written anonymously by neighbors and delivered to the abuelo in an attempt to shame him into changing his decorations. One of the most bizarre moments in the letter is when the angry author criticized the homeowner for having too many American flags claiming he isn’t patriotic and can’t fool the neighbors. Like, which one is it people?

The Twitter user followed up with photos of the house to show the decorations their abuelo has out front.

People flooded the Twitter post with comments supporting and sending love to the abuelo. Fellow Latinos are ready to stand with the abuelo and some just want the names of the people behind the letter so they can talk to them. Some people are stunned at how far the author was willing to go out of their way to be mean to an old man who just wants to decorate his home and front yard.

Latino Twitter wants to come together to let the abuelo know that his decorations are adorbs.

We need to come together to give her abuelo all of the wonderful decoration we love. Let’s turn his house and front yard into a showcase of all of the greatness that Latin America has to offer.

People are falling in love with this viejitos yard.

Honestly, this is a great yard. Who wouldn’t want a yard like this? This yard is original and adorable and worth all of the praise that we can muster. Thank you to people like this for making their yards something unique and worth seeing.

@goldenstef wants everyone to know just how much they appreciate the sweet messages about their abuelo’s yard.

It costs nothing to be kind. It is even better when you can be kind about something someone clearly cares so much about. Who cares if someone decorates their lawn a little too much. At least they are having fun with their lives and that is something we all need more of right now.

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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It is Mexico’s Independence Day and that means that Mexicans around the world are honoring their roots. Twitter is buzzing with people who might not be in Mexico but they will forever have Mexico in their hearts. Here are just a few of the loving messages from people who are Mexican through and through.

Viva Mexico is trending on social media and the tweets are filled with love and passion for the country.

Mexico received its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810 and since then the day has been marked with celebration. The day is marked with parties of pride and culture no matter where you are in the world.

Mexicans everywhere are letting their Mexican flag fly.

Tbh, who doesn’t want to be Mexican to enjoy the day of puro pinche pride? The celebration for Mexican Independence Day starts on Sept. 15 with El Grito. The tradition is that the president of Mexico stands on the balcony on Sept. 15 at 11 p.m. and rings the same church bell that Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang in 1810 to trigger the Mexican Revolution.

People are loving all of the celebrations for their homeland.

The original El Grito took place in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato in 1810. While most El Grito celebrations take place at the National Palace, some presidents, especially on their last year, celebrate El Grito in the town where it originated.

Honestly, no one celebrates their independence day like Mexico and we love them for it.

¡Viva Mexico! Mexico lindo y querido. How are you celebrating the Mexican Independence Day this year? Show us what you have planned.

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