MESQUITE — More than 100 family and friends gathered in front of the home of Angelica and Marcelo Vazquez in Mesquite Friday night for a candlelight vigil. They shared their memories of the couple and their two children, Paulina and Alex.
All four family members were found dead in their home on Wednesday morning. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's office said Thursday Angelica Vazquez shot and killed her husband and her kids before taking her own life.
Diana Calderon met the family more than 18 years ago. She told News 8 the couple married 23 years ago and met in a town near Guadalajara, Mexico. Their children were also born there. The family moved to the United States in the 90s.
"They were a good family," Calderon said. "Family members want to know why this happened, but I don't think we will ever get the answer. This is very hard, all [of them] at once."
According to Calderon, Angelica was diagnosed with breast cancer and had several chemotherapy treatments. Family members thought she was getting better, but Calderon also mentioned Angelica was apparently being distant over the last couple of months.
News 8 also learned that Mrs. Vazquez worked for the Mesquite Independent School District as a cafeteria aide until May 2012.
"She was a good mother and wife," said Calderon. "He [Marcelo] was a great dad and loved his kids. We are so shocked."
The family searched the couple's home for clues, but didn't find anything. The motive for the murder-suicide remains a mystery.
Emanuel Lamas, who spoke at the vigil, said he wished he had had more time with his cousins, especially Alex.
"We grew up together," Lamas said. "As I look out at all of you, I see that they were loved."
Those closest to Paulina said she was always happy and was a great friend.
The Mesquite Police Department has not released a final report on the incident. On Friday, police said the case was still under investigation, but did reveal that Vazquez left no suicide note.
A memorial has sprung up outside the family's home. Their mailbox was surrounded by stuffed animals and flowers. A note was posted saying there will be a memorial service for the family on Sunday afternoon.
Besides one medical call, police said there had been no other calls to the home before someone called 911 last Saturday saying they heard gunshots.
Both children — 21-year-old Paulina and 18-year-old Alex — had attended Eastfield College. The college's president, Jean Conway, posted the following statement on the school's website:
"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing of an Eastfield student, Alejandro "Alex" Roman Vazquez, 18, and his sister, Pauline Vazquez, 21, a UNT student who previously attended Eastfield."
Eastfield College's Counseling Services Department is available to assist in grief processing and grief recovery as needed.
Services for the Vazquez family will be held from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Gonzalez Funeral Home, 1111 Military Parkway, in Mesquite. Burial will take place in Mexico.