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      Teen charged with six counts of murder

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      An 18-year-old driver arrested in a DPS chase that turned fatal faces a judge.

      Hector Ramirez, 18, went before Justice of the Peace Gilberto Saenz in Weslaco to be formally charged with six counts of murder.

      Judge Saenz denied Ramirez, who is from Roma, bond.

      Ramirez is the accused driver in the high-speed chase that ended on FM 2221 and Western Road near Mission on Wednesday.

      The stolen F250 truck he was allegedly driving smashed into four vehicles, including one carrying a family of seven from Peitas.

      According to reports, the family members were thrown from their suburban leaving all but one dead on the scene.

      The surviving 3-year-old boy is in the custody of Child Protective Services.

      A DPS report states Ramirez was fleeing a state trooper in a stolen pickup truck when he ran a red light and slammed into the other vehicles.

      Five other people were injured.

      Ramirez was released from a local hospital, charged, and transported to the Hidalgo County jail late Thursday.

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