Pictures of a 16-year-old mother tenderly embracing her infant son depict the same position they were killed. They were among the six victims of a suspected cartel hit in California.
Alissa Parraz and her 10-month-old son, Nycholas Nolan Parraz, were discovered in a ditch outside of a bullet-ridden residence in Goshen on Monday morning.
According to officers and family members, the two were wounded in the head from attempting to escape from a “cartel-style execution” that had taken place at the house during a narcotics-related search warrant the week prior.
Samuel Pina, the great-grandfather of the baby, expressed his confusion and disbelief over the perpetrator of this act, asking what type of monster could have done it.
Pina revealed that Parraz and her baby boy were staying with her father’s relatives in Goshen. Her father’s uncle, cousin, grandmother, and great-grandmother were all tragically slain during the incident.
One elderly woman was shot in the head while asleep, according to Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux. Two other women managed to get away by hiding in a trailer on the property.
The sheriff stated that the killers appeared to have had prior experience due to the swiftness of the attacks. He suspects that the situation was potentially linked to a cartel, without specifying which one.
When law enforcement arrived at the scene, they believed they were encountering an active shooter due to the number of shots fired. One individual out of the six victims was still alive when police arrived, but later died from their wounds.
A nearby resident spoke to the LA Times and reported that he heard “intermittent shots” and the sound of a vehicle quickly driving off, which he believed was the perpetrator chasing people.