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Paul Nielsen, 48, his 43-year-old wife Janet Vasquez and her son Kevin were on vacation in the Mexican state of Guerrero when they were attacked on July 18. Photo courtesy of ABC4

Stepson, 12 years old, from Utah and his wife who were killed in Mexican drive-by while on holiday witnessing the executions and trying to knock down cars while their bodies were near the road

  • Paul Nielsen, 48, his wife Janet Vasquez, 43, and her son Kevin, 12, were on vacation in the Mexican state of Guerrero when they were attacked on July 18
  • The boy witnessed everything and is so traumatized by the trial that he was only able to reveal pieces of what happened.
  • Vasquez was Nielsen's second wife and divided his time between his wife and family in Salt Lake City and Vasquez and her son Kevin in Mexico
  • Kevin has revealed that they were being chased by three cars while driving on a highway
  • The attackers opened fire and caused Nielsen to lose control of his car
  • The family was taken out of the car before Nielsen and Vasquez were shot
  • Kevin had tried to stop passing cars, but no one stopped until the police arrived
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The 12-year-old stepson of a man from Utah who was killed alongside his wife by armed attackers in Mexico, witnessed the couple's execution and tried to stop passing cars while his parents' bodies were beside him the way.

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Paul Nielsen, 48, his 43-year-old wife Janet Vasquez and her son Kevin were on vacation in the Mexican state of Guerrero when they were attacked on July 18.

The boy witnessed everything and is so traumatized by the ordeal that he was only able to reveal excerpts of what happened, according to a statement released by the van Nielsen family.

Vasquez was Nielsen's second wife, but their marriage was not legally recognized because it was based on faith, meaning that immigration to the US was not an option.

Nielsen divided his time between his wife and family in Salt Lake City and Vasquez and her son Kevin in Mexico.

Paul Nielsen, 48, his 43-year-old wife Janet Vasquez and her son Kevin were on vacation in the Mexican state of Guerrero when they were attacked on July 18. Photo courtesy of ABC4

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Paul Nielsen, 48, his 43-year-old wife Janet Vasquez and her son Kevin were on vacation in the Mexican state of Guerrero when they were attacked on July 18. Photo courtesy of ABC4

He drove his wife and stepson to a holiday resort on July 18 when three cars started chasing them on the highway, according to the details that Kevin shared.

Nieslen tried to flee, but the attackers opened fire and lost control of his car, causing it to run off the road.

The couple and the boy were taken out of their car and robbed before being forced into the car of one of the perpetrators.

It is not clear when Nielsen and his wife were killed, but they were driven to another location where their bodies on the side of the road were dumped with the 12-year-old boy.

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Kevin had tried to stop passing cars, but no one stopped until the police arrived.

Although it was initially assumed that Kevin had been shot during the trial, the van Nielsen family said he had sustained only minor injuries.

& # 39; Kevin is very traumatized, but he was not shot. He now lives with family, & # 39; said the van Nielsen family in their statement.

Vasquez was Nielsen's second wife, but their marriage was not legally recognized because it was based on faith

Vasquez was Nielsen's second wife, but their marriage was not legally recognized because it was based on faith

Nielsen divided his time between his wife and family in Salt Lake City and Vasquez and her son Kevin in Mexico

Nielsen divided his time between his wife and family in Salt Lake City and Vasquez and her son Kevin in Mexico

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Vasquez was Nielsen's second wife, but their marriage was not legally recognized because it was based on faith. Nielsen divided his time between his wife and family in Salt Lake City and Vasquez and her son Kevin in Mexico

The family does not provide details about Kevin's place of residence in Mexico to keep him safe.

It is not clear that the van Nielsen family spoke to Kevin or that the information was passed on by authorities. Nielsen was the only member of both of his families who could speak both English and Spanish.

The family said they don't have much information about the investigation into the dead, but they have been told that both the American and Mexican governments are trying to find the killers.

Nielsen & # 39; s body was brought back to Utah last Thursday, while Vasquez was buried by her relatives in Mexico.

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& # 39; Our family is absolutely devastated by the loss of our father. We were very close to him. His family was his world and he was not only our father, he was one of our best friends, & his family said.

Nielsen & # 39; s body was brought back to Utah last Thursday. A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the van Nielsen family has already raised more than $ 48,000

Nielsen & # 39; s body was brought back to Utah last Thursday. A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the van Nielsen family has already raised more than $ 48,000

Nielsen & # 39; s body was brought back to Utah last Thursday. A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the van Nielsen family has already raised more than $ 48,000

& # 39; It was a very difficult week for us, especially with trying to make arrangements to get his body back to us. He finally arrived on Thursday the 25th, and we are incredibly grateful that we have him with us.

& # 39; This has been the most difficult moment of our lives and it is very important to us that we warn other people so that they do not have to endure the same.

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& # 39; The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has active travel advice for certain parts of Mexico, including the state where our father intended to drive. Although he was usually a careful person, he must not have seen that advice, and that ignorance had tragic consequences that will affect us for the rest of our lives.

& # 39; We ask that everyone do research before traveling, especially in countries that have experienced instability. If there are any questions about the safety of the area you are going to, realize that no vacation is worth your life. & # 39;

A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the van Nielsen family has already raised more than $ 48,000. His family says they have provided some money to Vasquez's relatives to help with funeral expenses and continue to help Kevin.

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