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Gunmen Execute 16-Year-Old Mother, Infant In ‘Cartel-Style’ Assassinations Of Six People

Goshen, CA – A 16-year-old mother and her 10-month-old baby were both shot in the head while running from a “cartel-style execution” that left six victims dead on Monday.

Three other people inside the home were able to hide and survived, CNN reported.

The killers have not been apprehended.

The deadly attack occurred at a residence located in the 6800-block of Harvest Road in the small farming community of Goshen shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 16, according to FOX News.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said deputies responded to the scene after receiving a report of gunshots and arrived to find two victims dead out in the street, KMPH reported.

They called for additional assistance and located four more gunshot victims after searching a nearby residence.

Three of those victims were pronounced dead at the scene, and a fourth died shortly after arriving at the hospital, KMPH reported.

Sheriff Boudreaux said the massacre unfolded quickly.

Deputies arrived at the residence within seven minutes of the first 911 call being placed, but the shooters managed to carry out the attack and escape before deputies got to the scene, he said.

“This is not a random act of violence,” the sheriff said, according to KMPH. “We believe that this was a targeted family. We believe that there are gang associations involved in this scene as well as potential narcotics investigations.”

He said the attack was “methodical, well-planned-out, and executed quickly,” KMPH reported.

“These people were clearly shot in the head, and they were also shot in places that the shooter would know that quick death would occur,” Sheriff Boudreaux said on Tuesday, according to CNN.

Investigators said one of the victims, 16-year-old Alissa Parraz, was gunned down as she tried to flee the home with her 10-month-old son, Nycholas, in her arms.

Sheriff Boudreaux said the evidence revealed the gunman stood over them and shot them both in their heads, CNN reported.

“I know for a fact that this young lady was running for her life,” the sheriff confirmed, calling the attack a “cartel-like execution.”

“There was no reason for them to shoot that baby, but they did,” he added, according to the Associated Press.

The other four victims have been identified as 19-year-old Marcos Parraz, 52-year-old Eladio Parraz, 49-year-old Jennifer Analla, and 72-year-old Rosa Parraz, the Associated Press reported.

Rosa Parraz, Alissa Parraz’s grandmother, was shot as she slept, investigators said.

Three more people who were inside the home at the time of the massacre survived by hiding and have been cooperating with law enforcement in the wake of the incident, CNN reported.

One of the survivors said he got down onto the floor after hearing the gunfire and laid with his feet pressed against the door to keep it shut, according to Sheriff Boudreaux.

One of the gunmen rattled the doorknob but ultimately walked off, he said.

Sheriff Boudreaux said the horrific shooting is among the worst incidents he has encountered during his nearly four decades as a law enforcement officer, KMPH reported.

“I’ve been with the sheriff’s office for 36 years, in the world that we live in as far as investigating and working for our victims is an ugly world,” he said. “This is one of the most egregious that I have seen. However, I have seen many very similar to it. What I have not seen is the very apparent murder of a 10-month-old child for no reason.”

Investigators said they are searching for at least two shooters, CNN reported.

There is a $10,000 reward being offered for information leading to the killers’ arrests.

Although law enforcement was familiar with the residence due to the frequent criminal activity taking place there, Sheriff Boudreaux noted that not all of the murdered victims were involved in illegal endeavors, CNN reported.

“Let me make this very clear: Not all these people in this home are gang members. And not all these people in this home are drug dealers,” he said. “The 16-year-old female is an innocent victim. The grandmother inside appears to be an innocent victim. And definitely this 10-month-old child is an innocent victim.”

According to Sheriff Boudreaux, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) deputies had gone to the same residence on Jan. 3 to conduct a parole compliance check on someone living there and located multiple shell casings outside the house, CNN reported.

The residents refused to allow the deputies to search the home, so they came back with a search warrant.

They allegedly found firearms, methamphetamine, body armor, and marijuana during the search and ended up arresting Eladio Parraz on charges of being a felon in possession of ammunition, firearms, and a controlled substance, CNN reported.

Eladio Parraz was released from jail on bail four days later.

Although Eladio Parraz was among the victims killed in the attack, Sheriff Boudreaux said he was not the “initial intended target,” the Associated Press reported.

The sheriff would not comment further on the issue.

The investigation into the massacre remains ongoing.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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