Funeral held for 5 members of the Collins family killed at Centerville ranch

Visitation begins for Collins family members killed by escaped inmate

HOUSTON – The funeral service for five members of the Collins family took place Saturday in northwest Harris County.

Services began at Champion Forest Baptist Church located at 15555 Stuebner Airline.

Hundreds of people came out to pay their final respects in northwest Houston Friday night to a beloved grandfather and his four grandchildren after they were allegedly murdered by an escaped convict.

“This is an extremely emotionally draining, grueling day,” said Andy Kahan of Crime Stoppers of Houston. “Now, it’s been a little over a week since we found out what happened.”

The victims were found dead at their Centerville ranch just over a week ago.

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They were identified as Mark Collins, 66; Waylon Collins, 18; Carson Collins, 16; Hudson Collins, 11; and Bryson Collins, 11.

Kahan tells us the number of people at the visitation service was a direct reflection of what the victims meant to the community.

“This just shows how this family was so loved,” Kahan said.

The service lasted several hours. Close family friends said it was a chance to celebrate and remember those who were tragically killed.

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