“They tortured him”: Family speaks out after mother, father, 5-year-old shot to death

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A family is in mourning following the tragic death of a mother, father and 5-year-old child, and the severe injury of a grandmother. Right now, the hunt is on for the killer.

Family members say there are no words to describe their emotions after their family was brutally murdered over the weekend just outside of Whiteville.

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“He always took care of his family, he gave them what they wanted, especially his little kid and his wife,” said one family member. “He treated them like a queen, and treated his kid like a prince.”

Family members of the victims spoke to WWAY, but did not want to show their identity for fear that they could be in danger.

“These people that done this, they have no heart, one said.””Especially the way that they did the little kid. he had nothing to do with this, the mom as well, she had nothing to do with it.”



The family members say the suspects broke in the back door before killing 25-year-old Nancy Trujillo Espinoza.

“Right here is where they killed her,” they said. “They came in with force and they shot her up while she was laying on the couch.”

The family says the suspects then tortured and killed five-year-old Alexis Cipiran Trujillo.

“They just tortured him,” they said. “They did the worst damage to him I guess so that we can suffer, we can see that they’re people not to be messed with.”

They say 29-year-old Leonel Cipiran Noyola ran out of the house for help, but was shot in the yard and collapsed.

“This is the spot where he died,” family said. “Right there, where the bag is at, that’s where his head was laying at and he was bleeding from.”

The grandmother of the little boy, 51-year-old Rafaela Noyola Jaramillo, was also shot and is recovering in the hospital.

The family is now begging law enforcement to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

On Monday Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene announced that deputies had found a stolen Ford Fusion wanted in connection to the murder on twin pines road. They are still searching for a 2009 Chevy Silverado.

Family members held a gathering Monday night.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.