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Man facing capital murder charges in connection to quadruple homicide

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Published: Apr. 16, 2020 at 9:59 PM CDT
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A man is facing capital murder charges of multiple people after his alleged connection to a quadruple homicide in south Laredo.

Laredo Police arrested 20-year-old Samuel Enrique Lopez in the case.

The incident happened on Thursday night at around 6:30 p.m. when officers were called out to the 4500 block of Vanessita Court.

Officers arrived at the home and noticed signs of a possible crime scene and none of the family members were present.

After investigating the residence, officers found a body and immediately contacted assistance from the Criminal Investigative Division. After thoroughly searching the location, officers found three bodies in a vacant lot near the home.

The body of a fourth member, a two-year-old child was found later at the 4700 block of Arias.

Neighbors of the victims say they are shocked by this tragedy.

"I do feel bad. I knew the baby. Well, I knew all four of them as my neighbors."

"Sad, just sad about what is happening . I don't know why it happened but it is very ugly."

As the investigation developed, sufficient evidence was found to charge Samuel Enrique Lopez with Capital Murder of Multiple Persons and Capital Murder of a Person under the age of ten years of age.

Texas law defines capital murder as a capital felony offense. If convicted of a capital felony, the options for punishment are life in prison or the death penalty. People sentenced to death for a capital felony face lethal injection. Samuel Lopez was transported to Webb County Jail and held with no bond.

Below is the original text to this story:

Local law enforcement is investigating an alleged quadruple homicide that happened in south Laredo.

A family in south Laredo is in mourning after four family members including a baby are found dead.

Investigators are at the home at the 4500 block of Vanesita Court which is an active crime scene.

After speaking to investigators at the scene our reporter was able to confirm there are four bodies including a toddler of about two years old.

The toddler was found in a vacant lot about four blocks away from the home.

Investigators are knocking on doors and asking for security footage from neighbors that might help their investigation.

An official on-site confirms that there is a suspect in custody, we still don't know the motive or what charges will be brought to light.

Police are still investigating, and we'll let you know more information as soon as it becomes available.

Below is the original text to this story:

According to initial reports, it happened before 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the corner of Vanesita and Masterson Road.

According to witnesses at the scene, there may have been bodies out in the open at an empty lot.

Police at the scene did confirm that it was four bodies and that one was a child.

There is no official verification on that as of yet but we'll have more information as it becomes available.