Gruesome new details have emerged about a teenage mom and her baby son “massacred” with four other relatives in California — where a local sheriff blamed the border crisis for a rising threat of bloodthirsty cartels.
The bloodbath early Monday unfolded in the small town of Goshen at a property well-known to cops as a base for gang and drug activity, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said while announcing a $10,000 reward.
At least one of the victims was a member of the Sureño gang who’d been busted days earlier for an illegal stash of drugs and high-powered weapons — but quickly released because of soft bail laws.
“It is very clear that this family was a target and that there are gang associations involved as well as drug investigations,” the sheriff said a day after the carnage, calling it “definitely a specific, targeted massacre.”
“But let me make this very clear — not all the people in this home are gang members and not all the people in this home are drug dealers.”
He detailed how the killers appeared to chase down “innocent” mom Alissa Parraz, 16, to shoot her and her 10-month-old son, Nycholas Nolan Parraz, at point-blank range as they tried to flee.
Forensics show “the shooters stood over the top of the 16-year-old mother and fired rounds into her head” — then did the same to the tot she was cradling in her arms, he said.
“I know for a fact this young lady was running for her life. And I know for a fact that there was no reason to kill her — but they did,” he said of the young mom and baby son whose bodies were found in a ditch down the road.
“I know for a fact that this 10-month-old baby was relying on the comfort of his mother. There was no reason to execute that baby — and they did it,” he said.
It made it “one of the most egregious” crimes Boudreaux said he had heard of in his 36 years on the job, proving what an “ugly world” it can be.
“What I have not seen is the very apparent murder of a 10-month child for no reason. What I have not seen is the very clear assassination” with a ‘”shot to the head” of “a teenage mother,” he said.
Another of the six killed, Rosa Parraz, 72, was “a grandmother who was shot and killed while she was sleeping in her bed,” Boudreaux 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,” he said.
“None of this was by accident. It was deliberate, intentional — and horrific.”
He said officers had done a parole compliance check at the house Jan. 3 after shell casings were found outside.
The check specifically targeted Eladio Parraz Jr., 52, one of the six later fatally shot and a “documented Sureño gang member,” according to records obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
The Sureños are a group of loosely connected gangs that answer to the Mexican Mafia prison gang, according to the LA paper.
After obtaining a search warrant, officers detained Parraz Jr. following the discovery of drugs and an arsenal of weapons, including an assault weapon and ammunition, all of which he was forbidden from having as a convicted felon.
“He unfortunately was able to bail out four days later,” the sheriff said.
Still, Eladio Parraz Jr. did not appear to be “the initial intended target,” Boudreaux said — saying he “knows” the motive “but can’t tell you.”
He did not elaborate on the other two victims, Marcos Parraz, 19, and Jennifer Analla, 49, beyond saying Analla was the girlfriend of one of three survivors who managed to hide during the slaughter.
Boudreaux also said he could not rule out ongoing threats to the survivors, adding “the family is refusing” all offers of support and security from authorities.
The rampage was “very much like what we’ve seen in the past when it comes to an execution by a cartel,” the sheriff said.
“I can tell you, the cartels are here,” he warned.
“We have a very unsecure border right now — there’s a lot of back and forth when it comes to the cartels and free movement up and down the state and across the border,” he said.
“It’s shocking that we live in a community where this kind of danger exists,” he added, calling the sickening slaughter “methodical, well planned out, tactical [and] executed quickly.”
“These people were clearly shot in the head, and they were also shot in places that the shooter knew a quick death would occur.”