Jose and Maria Nunez: a family found dead in Mexico on Airbnb
A couple and their two-year-old son were found dead in Mexico while staying at an Airbnb. Now, Jose and Maria Nunez’s family are raising funds on GoFundMe to bring them home for the funeral, while waiting to find out more about what happened. Their cause of death has not yet been determined.
All three family members were found dead in the same Airbnb room
Jose Nunez Jr., his wife Maria Nunez and their son Jayden were found dead in Mexico, Bakersfield Now reported. They were staying in an Airbnb and were all found in the same room. Local 12 reported that they fell asleep and never woke up.
They were visiting other family members who were also at the Airbnb
Jacobo says Bakersfield Now that the Nunez family was visiting other family members who were also staying at the same Airbnb. The rest of the family are doing well.
Jacobo told NBC 11 News that they were a “very good family”. She said her nephew was “one of the best fathers I know” and he was always very loving. He was also a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys, she shared.
“[He was] in love with his family, ”said Jacobo. “He still hugs them, still holds them. “
Airbnb is investigating and an autopsy will be performed
In a statement to Bakersfield Now, Airbnb said they were investigating what had happened and had disabled the listing where the Nunez family were staying. The name of the place where they were staying was not disclosed.
The company said in a statement:
This is a horrific tragedy, and the hearts of our team are with the Nunez children and the entire extended family as they mourn the losses of Jose, Maria and Jayden. Safety is at the heart of everything we do at Airbnb, and we are fully investigating what happened.
Jacobo says Bakersfield Now that an autopsy will be performed in Mexico to determine the cause of death.
A GoFundMe raises funds to bring the family home and support their surviving children
A GoFundMe has been set up raise money to bring the family back to California for funeral arrangements.
Jacobo told NBC 11 News: “We want our loved ones to come back to the United States. We want to know what happened to them, of course, but… for now, we’re focused on getting Jose, Maria and Jayden home.
At the time of this article’s publication, over $ 11,000 had been raised of a goal of $ 30,000.
The GoFundMe reads, in part:
We lost 3 of our family in a tragic accident while on vacation in Mexico. My nephew Jose Nunez Jr, his wife Maria and their 2 year old son Jayden were all found dead in AirBNB. They left behind 4 other children. Our hearts are broken and we hate asking for help but we can’t imagine leaving them in Mexico. If you can help with anything, that would be greatly appreciated …
Their bodies are in Mexico and we need help getting them home and organizing their funerals. Please help us bring our loved ones home. They leave behind 4 other children …
How the donations will be used: So that the 3 bodies are returned to the house and the funeral costs. If they have anything left, they have 4 grandchildren that they left behind, all the remaining money will go to the children.
In a September 27 update, organizer Priscilla Mela wrote:
Thank you to everyone who reached out to my family with donations, prayers, texts, calls and even just thinking of us throughout your day. It is a devastating loss for our family. It is an even more devastating loss for the children they leave behind. José was an extraordinary father. His children and his wife were truly the loves of his life. If you knew him, you knew it without a doubt. His social media pages reflect the type of father he was. They were both devoted to their families and worked very hard to provide for their needs. It is a tragedy beyond words. Again, thank you for sharing the GoFundMe account and donating if you could. More than anything else, we need your continued prayers.
On his Facebook page, Melo said enough money had been raised to take them home, but that they are still fundraising for three funerals.
In 2018, a similar case made national news when a couple from Iowa and their two children were found dead while on vacation in Mexico. The Mexican prosecutor’s office found that the cause of death for Kevin Sharp, Amy Sharp and their two children was “asphyxiation from inhaling poison gas.” Chicago 5 reported.
The cause of death for the Nunez family has not yet been determined.
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