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Country Music Singer and Family Dead in Shooting

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An assault on a highway in Chihuahua, Mexico claimed the lives of country music artist Kevin Amalio Hernandez, 34, his wife Marisela Sandoval, 34, and his stepson and stepdaughter. The family was ambushed on Sunday, May 5, their vehicles besieged by a torrent of bullets.

Hernandez and Sandoval were found dead in the aftermath of the attack, in which over 150 bullets riddled their pickup truck. Hernandez was discovered in a Chevrolet Malibu truck, severely damaged by the gunfire. Sandoval’s body was found near the passenger door of a 1979 Ford truck.

Sandoval’s two teenagers, aged 17 and 14, succumbed to their injuries in the hospital the following day. The couple’s four-year-old child and the children’s maternal grandmother were also injured in the attack and hospitalized. Local media outlets report that the surviving family members are recovering.

The attack took place as the family’s pickup trucks were driving in a convoy through the region, abruptly becoming the targets of an ambush.

The incident occurred amidst related violent activities, including a shooting at the home of Sandoval’s parents and a thwarted attempt to breach the hospital treating the injured family members. Currently, authorities are investigating potential connections to organized crime, with the Sinaloa Cartel suspected of involvement.

In a chilling coincidence, Hernandez’s latest song, “If God Takes Me with Him,” was released after his death. The lyrics of the song eerily reflect the circumstances of the incident, stating: “If God takes me with him you should not feel afraid, I will be protecting you, I will follow your steps because this love is eternal.”

Hernandez, originally from El Paso, Texas, was renowned for his work with the Tejano (Tex-Mex style) country band H Nortena. He had been touring Chihuahua, giving live performances that endeared him to many fans.

Expressions of grief and remembrance have flooded in from the Mexican music community, marking a collective period of mourning. Band member, Luis Fernando Peinado, reflected on the fragility of life and the impact of Hernandez’s last recording. In a statement, he said: “Tomorrow this song will sound loud to the sky, the latest recording comes out tomorrow, life is fragile.”

Authorities are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal attack, seeking to understand the motives behind and the individuals responsible for this act of violence.

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