WHARTON COUNTY, Texas -- Authorities in Wharton County are
investigating after a couple was found dead in their home over the
Manuel Cervantes, who is a neighbor and close friend,
said the couple worked for Fort Bend County and he could not imagine why
anyone would want to hurt them.
"He was a good friend. I didn't have problems with him for 20, almost 21 years. Nothing," Cervantes said.
Oct. 15 at about 11:57 p.m., deputies with the Wharton County Sheriff's
Office responded to the 16300 block of FM 1164 in reference to a
burglary. At the scene, deputies found 34-year-old John Vasquez Jr., and
35-year-old Blanca Vasquez shot.
Both victims were pronounced
dead at the scene. The couple's bodies were taken to the Fort Bend
Medical Examiner's Office for autopsies.
Investigators said they
are following leads and have located a person of interest. No one has
been arrested yet, though. Out of an abundance of caution, there was a
heavier presence of law enforcement around the public schools in East
Bernard on Monday.
said a double murder in East Bernard was shocking and surprising
because this type of crime rarely happens in a small town of less than
"It's the first time in 21 years that I've lived here. So, this is new for us," he said.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact authorities at 979-532-1550.