More than 50 family members gathered Tuesday afternoon in front of the home of Jesus and Rosa Contreras. According to the Brownfield Police Department, the couple was gunned down in their home in the 600 block of East Main Street in Brownfield around noon. Ramona Contreras is Jesus' older sister. She says, she couldn't believe her brother and sister-in-law were gone forever.
"This with no explanation. No good reason. It's stupid," Contreras said.
When police arrived at the home and found the 70 and 63 year old dead, they instantly started searching for the couple's son-in-law, Jose Roel DeLuna, 42. Police believed DeLuna had come to the Contreras' home to get information on their daughter, DeLuna's estranged wife.
"She was trying to get away. All of us knew they were having problems. But we never knew he would take it that far," Contreras said.
However, just an hour after police received the call, Texas DPS say DeLuna was killed in a traffic accident near Plains on US 380. DeLuna's car, a Gray 2000 Pontiac Grand Am weaved into the eastbound lane and struck a semi-truck driven by Jerrold Hill, 54, of Bryan, TX. The driver of the semi was not injured, but DeLuna was pronounced dead at the scene. Contreras believes, this was for the best.
"My brothers were on a war path. They told the police chief 'you better catch him, because we're going to look for him. And if we find him, he's a dead man," Contreras said.
Jesus was one of 10 in the Contreras family and now his older sister says all this family can do is lean on each other to get them through the pain and heartache.
"We'll keep praying. Praying that my brother and his wife are with mom and daddy and to give us strength because that's all we can do," Contreras said.
She just wants people to remember her brother and sister-in-law as the good people they were.
"I want them to be remembered as they were. Friendly, good people, loveable," Contreras said.
Jesus and Rosa Contreras leave behind six children. DeLuna and his wife have four children, who are currently with their mother.
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