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August 5th, 2009
04:41 PM ET

Photo gallery: Police commander and family killed, burned house left standing

Editor's Note: Last Wednesday, gunmen shot up and burned the home of Mexican police commander José de Jesús Romero Vázquez. The officer, his wife and their four children were killed. The house in the Gulf Coast city of Veracruz was completely burned and its facade covered with bullet holes. Police said the youngest was a 6-year-old boy and the oldest was a 15-year-old girl. We're looking into the drug wars this week. Reports indicate that Los Zetas, the armed wing of the Gulf Cartel, may be responsible, but CNN cannot confirm that fact. We'll have more on the incident from Michael Ware tonight at 10 p.m. ET.


The house of Mexican Police Commander José de Jesús Romero Vázquez. It was attacked last Wednesday.


The second-story window with smoke damage and a bullet hole directly underneath.


A makeshift memorial created by friends and family members.


The facade of the house was riddled with bullet holes.


José de Jesús Romero Vázquez, the Mexican police commander who was killed last Wednesday.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. padgod

    we gonna wish we didnt fight this war

    August 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  2. george

    maybe the mexican government can't handle the problem , we may have sand troops to Mexico to restore order ...(Mr.presendent Obama please sand in the troops)

    August 5, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  3. eProducer

    Hey ronvan,

    Read up, pal. They're getting the guns HERE. OUR people are buying the drugs from them. It's not just their problem. Secure our borders. Help the Mexican government get the cartels in the same way that we helped Colombia get cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. They must all be killed. I don't see any alternatives.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  4. Lori

    May God comfort the victims families who are left to grieve over this horrific loss of a family who stood against crime at a very volatile time in Mexico. We will pray for quick justice to to be executed against these cowards who would murder a small child in cold blood!

    August 5, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    Simply terrible. The bullet holes in the house and the scorched places the house bear witness to the evil behind this murder.

    August 5, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  6. Pablo

    I was in reynosa this passed december visiting a friend and met one of the cartel bosses and im 100% sure that all the judicial police are working for the cartel. This commander was probably suspected of snitching and is probably why he got murdered.

    August 5, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  7. ronvan

    Just another example of why we need to modify our constitution. Bring our troops home and put them on the border with shoot to kill orders! Then let Mexico figure out how to solve THEIR problem.

    August 5, 2009 at 7:57 pm |