5 killed near Texas identified; suspect charged

McGREGOR, Texas (AP) — Officials have released the identities of five people killed in a Central Texas neighborhood, as well as the suspect in the murders.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday Nicolas Jaimes-Hernandez, 35, of Mexico, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. More charges are pending.

He was shot and wounded on Thursday in a shootout with officers at the scene where five people were shot, officials said. He was treated in a hospital before being admitted to the McLennan County Jail without bail.

The five bodies were found in two homes in McGregor, about 20 miles southwest of Waco. The DPS identified them as Monica Delgado, 38, Miguel Avila, 15, and Natallie Avila, 14, along with neighbors Lorena Aviles, 47, and her daughter, Natalie Aviles, 20.

Esme Ortuno, Delgado’s cousin, said Jaimes-Hernandez was Delgado’s husband and stepfather of the two murdered children. Lorena Aviles’ sister Renee Flores said her sister and niece were innocent bystanders.

The Texas Rangers led the investigation. No motive for the shooting has been released.

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