A family vacation in Mexico ended in tragedy. An American couple was executed by an armed gangue in front of their teenage son. Paul Nielsen, 52, and Janeth Vázquez, 43, were in a car on their way to a beach resort in Petatlán, Guerrero state, when they arrived at a checkpoint on the road with Armand men.
The couple traveled with their 12-year-old son Kevin. As reported by the New York Post, they were stopped at around 3:30 am on Thursday and these armed men asked them to get out of the car. It was then that they were shot in the head, killing them in front of their son. The teenager was also shot but he managed to survive. The son was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated after having a nervous breakdown as he witnessed the violent murder of his parents.
The Nielsen family, who live in Utah, spoke to local media such as KUTV and The Salt Lake Tribune, confirming the couple's murder. The family has created a GoFundMe account asking for donations so they can take Paul Nielsen's body back to Utah. His wife, Janeth, was originally from Puebla, and it is not yet known if her body will remain in Mexico.
The governor of the state of Guerrero, Hector Astudillo Flores, expressed his outrage at the events and the Mexican authorities say they are investigating the crime. Vilate Ssempala, Nielsen's younger sister, told the Salt Lake Tribune that her brother and wife had been detained by an armed gang that was engaged in extorting tourists. May they rest in peace.