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Grandparents Found Slain After Video-Store Holdup

March 4, 1996

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ A couple were found shot to death near their car Monday, a day after they apparently stumbled onto a video-store holdup in which their grandson and two other people were slain.

George and Pauline McDougall were last seen alive when they left their home about 2 a.m. Sunday to pick up 19-year-old grandson Zachary Blacklock after he finished working his shift at the video store.

The couple’s bodies were found in the mountains about 20 miles east of Albuquerque.

Police suspect the couple were abducted by whoever killed their grandson and co-workers Mylinh Daothi, 30, and Jowanda Castillo, 18.

The three employees were discovered bound and shot in the back room of the Hollywood Video store Sunday by members of the store’s morning crew, who found the doors unlocked and money missing.

Authorities searched for a van with a Confederate-type logo on the side.

Police Chief Joe Polisar said officers also were searching for a couple seen in the video store shortly before closing time. Police ``just want to talk to them to see what they saw,″ he said.

The McDougalls used to pick up their grandson on those occasional nights when he couldn’t find any other way home, said Kim Andrews, their daughter and Zachary’s mother.

Before the couple were found dead, Andrews had pleaded for her parents’ return, saying both were on medication they urgently needed.

``For my dad, it’s his heart, for my mom, it’s for her high blood pressure,″ she said. ``But when they run little errands they don’t take the medicine with them. They just leave.″

Zachary Blacklock had moved from nearby Rio Rancho into Albuquerque to live with his grandparents so he could be closer to work.

His grandmother ``worshiped Zack,″ said the young man’s father, Ed Blacklock. ``If that meant getting up in the middle of the night to pick him up, that’s what she did.″

Ed Blacklock said Zachary was talking about saving up for a car so he wouldn’t have to depend on his grandparents and city buses to get to and from work.