Utah couple visiting Mexico fatally shot execution-style after failing to stop at checkpoint

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A Utah couple that failed to stop at a police checkpoint in Mexico were ordered to get out of their car and were fatally shot execution-style in front of their 12-year-old son, according to reports.

Paul Nielsen, 52, and Janeth Vázquez, 43, and their son, Kevin, were traveling from Acapulco to a beach resort when they were killed as they drove through Petatlan last Thursday at 3.30 a.m, according to local news outlets. 

Their son also was shot, but survived and suffered a nervous breakdown, the reports say. After he was released from a hospital, he was transported to the resort town of Zihuatanejo, where he gave law enforcement authorities an account of what happened.

When they reportedly failed to stop at the checkpoint, they were ordered to stop, get out of the car, and shot in the head at close range. The shooters then took their car and left.

Some local reports claimed that community police associated with the checkpoint – which is located in the town of Petatlan in the state of Guerrero — shot the family. Some reports referred only to armed gunmen.

Efforts by Fox News to clarify the information through the press office of Guerrero Governor Hector Astudillo — who was quoted in local reports as saying it was a priority to investigate the killings –were unsuccessful.

State police found their bodies and the injured boy, according to the Mexico Daily News.

Nielsen’s relatives, who are working with the U.S. State Department to get the couple’s bodies back to the United States, told reporters that he always followed rules, earning him the nickname “Perfect Paul.”

Nielsen was originally from Salt Lake County, Utah, while his wife was from Puebla, Mexico, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

On a GoFundMe page set up for the couple’s son, Nielsen’s sister wrote: “My brother Paul was killed in Mexico today 7/18/19. We are trying to raise enough money to help his family in any way they need. It is going to be a huge ordeal bringing his body back to the US and any amount will help. This is all the information we have at this time, I will update when we know more.”


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9 Responses to Utah couple visiting Mexico fatally shot execution-style after failing to stop at checkpoint

  1. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “Some local reports claimed that community police associated with the checkpoint – which is located in the town of Petatlan in the state of Guerrero — shot the family. Some reports referred only to armed gunmen.”

    No difference… one and the same.

    People should know better by now – Mexico is a deathtrap for Americans these days.

  2. Martist says:

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    He went stupid many years ago and the chickens finally came home to roost.

  3. Enemy of the State says:

    cops beat Chinese man after asking for his name

    ” I’ve lost all faith in our police” …says Fuk Yu

  4. KOYOTE says:


  5. DL. says:

    ONLY place in Mexico I’d even think about driving into is Ojinaga, which is a small city across from Presidio, Texas on the Rio Grande, and only for dental work (their dentists are at least as good as ours IMHO and helluva lot cheaper!)…When we stayed in Ensenada (100 miles south of Tijuana in Baja California state) to see our son and his new wife off on a cruise ship we got there by UBER-type van, and we either walked to whereever or took a taxi. I wouldn’t even want to go to Juarez, right across from El Paso!

    NO AMERICAN should just drive into Mexico, especially waydown south in Guerrero state…the same state where hundreds of teachers were murdered and students as well a few years ago, nor Oaxaca, anywhere south of Ojinaga or maybe Tijuana (some Americans live there and work in San Diego because rent in SoCal is too damned high.).

    True story: in the 1970s a passed-on friend of ours travelled into Mexico along highway to Chihuahua City about 200 miles south of Presido. Cops stopped him and just threw him in jail for a month for no reason other than he didn’t have enough money on him to satisfy their greed…so he spent a month in jail since he couldn’t bribe them enough! they beat him up in jail, but at least they didn’t kill him–and he was fluent in Spanish as well….

    • Enemy of the State says:

      Fck Mexico
      Stop spending US dollars there

      One of these days , they gonna kill the wrong Gringo and all hells gonna come down on them

  6. Northwoods says:

    List of Countries with Highest Homicide rates: 1 – El Salvador, 3 – Honduras, 4 – Venezuela, 10 – Guatemala, 13 – Brazil, 14 – Colombia, 18 – Guyana, 19 – Dominican Republic, 21 – Mexico….
    Just about half of the Top 21 are in Central / South America…. Enough said….

  7. Crawford says:

    Visit Mexico and support the Chi Coms, shop at Wal-Mart. Two birds, one stone.

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