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article imageChildren witness massacre of family members

By Greta McClain     Oct 12, 2012 in World
Villa Canales - A 6 year-old boy was seen comforting his 4 year-old sister after much of their family was massacred before their eyes in a town outside Guatemala City.
Carlos Daniel Gonzalez, 6, one of only four survivors of the massacre, was seen putting his arm around his baby sister Izabel, 4, in an effort to comfort her while Guatemalan police processed the crime scene.
According to the New York Daily News, gunmen stormed the family's small home in Villa Canales Tuesday. The gunmen went through each room, shooting anyone they found. Carlos told police that "many men" burst into the home wearing masks, prompting him and some of the other children to flee and hide.
Seven people, two of whom were children, were killed.
Cayetano Chuc, the deputy police chief in Villa Canales, told Fox News Latino those killed ranged in age from 50 years-old to 5 months-old. Authorities identified those killed as Maria Concepcion Gonzalez, 50, her son, Enrique Gonzalez, 24, daughter-in-law Sandra, 25, grand-daughter Julissa, 8 months, along with Encarnacion Gonzalez, 18, Roberto Gonzalez, 25, and Israel Gonzalez, 8.
A 4 year-old received a gunshot wound to his arm, but authorities expect him to make a full recovery. Three other children, including Carlos and Izabel were able to escape to safety and were not injured.
According to Cafe Mom, one of the alleged gunmen involved in the massacre has been identified as C├ęsar Chavez. Chavez had reportedly threatened the family in the past due to arguments about property.
S21.com is reporting that Chavez, 38, was captured by National Civil Police on Wednesday. He has been charged with murder, attempted murder and conspiracy. Authorities seized two cell phones they believe Chavez used to communicate with the other gunmen involved in the killings. No other suspects have been identified at this time.
Those killed in the massacre were laid to rest on Thursday according to Azteca Guatemala TV.
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