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Nov 8, 2013 2:32 PM by Sara Donchey

Man Recalls Day His Wife, Daughter and Grandson Were Murdered

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Even though it's been nearly 13 years since Lionesio Perez's wife, daughter and grandson were killed in cold blood, the pain hasn't gone away.

His phone has been ringing off the hook since news broke that his wife, daughter, and grandson's killer, Jose Luis Villegas, would be put to death.

Perez said he has no interest in attending Villegas's April 16 execution, and that he barely knew the man, his daughter's former boyfriend.

What he did know though, was every detail of the day Villegas changed his life forever.

Perez was in jury duty on the morning of Jan. 22, 2001. After stopping at the gas station, he came home and found a horrific scene.

His 24-year-old daughter Erida Rosales was stabbed to death, 32 times. His wife, Alma, was stabbed to death--35 times.

And perhaps the most chilling...his 3-year-old grandson Jacob Salazar was murdered the exact same way.

Perez wept as he spoke about that morning.

Almost 13 years later, he still wonders how anyone could be capable of doing such an evil thing.

Perez was the most troubled--the most pained--when he spoke about his little grandson, his life ended far too soon.

Amidst tragedy, one life was spared that day, perez believes by chance.

His other grandchild, Erida's then 5-year-old daughter Veronica, was at school that day.

Perez says had she not been, another life could have been senselessly taken.

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