Missionary couple with Colorado connection killed in Mexico

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GREELEY, Colo. — Frank Casias’ phone rang Tuesday with tragic news about his parents.

“The thing I hate most about the situation is the way they were killed,” Casias told FOX31 Denver.

In Texas, his sister, Michelle Lambert’s, phone rang also.

“They strangled (my mom) with a rope in the kitchen. Then they found (my dad) separately in the garage,” said Lumbert.

Someone had robbed and murdered John and Wanda Casias in El Cerado, Mexico.

The couple moved there 30 years ago to spread Christianity. They built a church and worked tirelessly to help Mexico’s poor.

“It`s very shocking. It`s really hard to believe sometimes. You can think about how inhumane some people can be toward a human life, especially one that`s in another country that`s spreading the gospel,” said Casias.

The couple knew drug cartels and violence had overtaken their city, but this last year was especially difficult.

“They never travel at night … never travel at night. They knew how dangerous it was. But, you’ll never meet more loving or more stubborn people at night, but we knew we couldn’t talk them out of it,” said Lambert.

The couple leaves behind ten children, three of whom live in Colorado. For more information on the couple’s church and mission, you can visit casias.org

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