The man of the family now


Tragic moment boy, six, tells how his parents were killed by gunmen before leaving to comfort his sister

These shocking photographs capture the horrific moments following the latest tragedy to befall Guatemala, one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Six-year-old Carlos Daniel Gonzalez and his four-year-old sister Izabel are lucky to be alive after they managed to hid from gunmen who killed their parents and other relatives in the hamlet of ‘Las Escobas’, in Villa Canales municipality, 22km south of Guatemala City.

Seven members of the Gonzalez family, including an eight-month baby and an eight-year-old boy, were shot dead by the group of strangers. The killings are believed to have been over land rights.

Tragic scene: Carlos Daniel comforts his four-year-old sister, Izabel, as they show local police where the gunmen kill their parents

Tragic scene: Carlos Daniel comforts his four-year-old sister, Izabel, as they show local police where the gunmen kill their parents

Six-year-old Carlos Daniel Gonzalez shows police how gunmen killed his parents and other family members

Six-year-old Carlos Daniel Gonzalez shows police how gunmen killed his parents and other family members

After the bloody killings, the two children returned to the crime scene with local authorities to explain what they had seen.

According to watchdog International Crisis Group, Guatemala is one of the world’s most dangerous countries. It is slightly smaller than Tennessee in size and has a population of about 14 million.

According to the U.S. State Department, more than 96% of all crimes go unpunished in Guatemala and corruption pervades all levels of government and the police.

The country is overrun with violent gangs and violence is worst for the poorest people.The Guatemalan government reports that 6,500 people met violent deaths in 2009 and nearly 6,000 were slain in 2010. Forty-one percent of those deaths were linked to drug trafficking, while extortion was another common crime.

The Guatemalan Civil War ended in 1996 and the current president is Otto Pérez Molina, whose Patriotic Party won the 2011 election. 

A clearly distressed Carlos Daniel Gonzalez is interviewed by local authorities about the gunmen who killed his parents and other relatives in the municipality of Villa Canales

A clearly distressed Carlos Daniel Gonzalez is interviewed by local authorities about the gunmen who killed his parents and other relatives in the municipality of Villa Canales

Volunteer firefighters carry some of the bodies of seven people killed by unidentified gunmen in the hamlet 'Las Escobas'

Volunteer firefighters carry some of the bodies of seven people killed by unidentified gunmen

The Guatemalan Public Prosecutor Office investigate the crime scene where seven members of a family, including an eight-months baby and an eight-year old boy, were shot

The Guatemalan Public Prosecutor Office investigate the crime scene where seven members of the Gonzalez family, including an eight-months baby and an eight-year old boy, were shot

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