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Nash, Texas, mass shooting victims named in online fundraiser as suspect’s bail set at $10M

by Lori Dunn | May 24, 2023 at 3:50 p.m. | Updated May 24, 2023 at 11:10 p.m.
Charity Lopez and her son, Adrian Vargas, install crosses in the front yard of the house where the bodies of four members of the Olalde family were discovered Tuesday, May 23, 2023, on Lemon Acres in Nash, Texas. Caesar Olalde, 18, who reportedly had barricaded himself in the house, surrendered to police and was arrested at the scene. The teenager is charged with capital murder of multiple persons. His relationship to the victims has not been disclosed. (Staff photo by Stevon Gamble)

TEXARKANA, Texas — Bail has been set at $10 million for an 18-year-old man arrested Tuesday in the alleged killing of his parents and siblings at the family home.

Caesar Olalde of Nash, Texas, has been charged with capital murder of multiple persons. He remains in the Bi-State Detention Center. His case has been assigned to Bowie County's 202nd District Court, according to court records. 

Caeser allegedly killed his parents ‒ Reuben Olalde and Aida Garcia ‒ along with his older sister, Lisbet Olalde, and younger brother, Oliver Olalde, according to an arrest affidavit.

Each victim had been shot repeatedly, and police found multiple spent cartridges on the floor.

All four victims were in the bathroom but appeared they had been shot in other places and moved to the bathroom, according to the affidavit.

A coworker of Lisbet had gone to the house that morning when Lisbet did not show up for work.

The coworker and another family member were able to get inside the house, where they were met by Caesar with a gun, according to the affidavit.

The friend told police Caesar said he had killed his family because they were cannibals and were going to eat him, according to the affidavit.

Olalde is a recent graduate of OPTIONS Early Graduation High School, Texarkana Independent School District said to the Gazette. On Wednesday, his older sister set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses.

“On 5/23/2023 my world changed,” Diana Oladle wrote. “My whole family, my father who was a hard working man, my mother who was a caring and loving person, my sister who was full of life, happiness, and dreams, and my little brother who was an amazing, funny, and cheerful kid passed in a tragic turn events that even in my worst nightmare I couldn’t have dreamed,” the GoFundMe message states.

“If these people ever touched your life in anyway please help and donate. Prayers would be much appreciated as well,” Diana wrote.

Nash Police Department was dispatched to 563 Lemon Acres about 10:50 a.m. Tuesday on an unknown issue.

Along with Nash police, Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Rangers, the Department of Public Safety and several area police departments mobilized to the scene.

A Sheriff’s Office negotiator made contact with the barricaded man and arranged his surrender. The man was identified as Caesar Olalde, who was arrested at the scene.

On Wednesday, neighbors of the Olalde family gathered outside the home to construct a memorial.

Charity Lopez, her son, Adrian Vargas, and other residents of Lemon Acres installed four crosses in honor of the family. Another resident of the quiet neighborhood worked all night to construct the crosses from scraps of building materials, Lopez said.

“No life should go unnoticed,” Lopez said before kneeling in the grass and offering a prayer.


Gazette writer Stevon Gamble contributed to this report.

Print Headline: Victims of Nash shooting named; suspect’s bail $10M


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