Real estate developer dad and owner of Mexico’s biggest TV network is arrested after his two sons, 11 and 27, were thrown off his boat and run over in San Francisco Bay killing one of them
- A man was arrested on manslaughter allegations after a boating incident that killed his 11-year-old son near Angel Island, Tiburon in San Francisco Bay
- Javier Burillo,58, from Mexico City, was jailed on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with a vessel, and willful harm or injury to a child
- Burillo reported at 7pm that his 11-year-old son was injured and unconscious after the boy and his brother, 27, who was also injured, were thrown overboard
- Father and two sons were on their way to the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon
- It’s believed the boat struck the two victims in the water during the recovery
- The older son, who is 27, was pulled aboard first and was able to assist his father in pulling his brother out of the water
- The 11-year-old was pronounced dead at the yacht club docks, authorities said
A father was arrested on manslaughter charges after his 11-year-old son was thrown overboard a boat in the San Francisco Bay and killed after being struck by the vessel, police said.
The Tiburon Police Department said officers on Sunday arrested Javier A. Burillo, 58, of Belvedere, on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with a vessel, willful harm or injury to a child and operating a boat while under the influence.
Property records show Burillo’s full name as Javier Burillo Azcarraga, a wealthy property developer known for lavish hotels and restaurants throughout Mexico and a member of one of the richest and most powerful families in Mexico.
The two sons were allegedly thrown overboard from the 33-foot Targa Protector boat in open waters near Angel Island, in San Francisco Bay (file photo)
Burillo’s 27-year-old son was also thrown overboard from the 33-foot Targa Protector boat in open waters near Angel Island, police said.
Both were then pulled aboard and transported to the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, where the 11-year-old boy was pronounced dead.
Burillo’s older son had cuts to his leg and was transported to a hospital.
Investigators say it’s unclear whether the two sons were wearing life jackets when they were thrown from the boat. Burillo and his sons were the only people aboard.
Tiburon police Chief Mike Cronin said no witnesses to the incident have yet been identified but that the entire event was ‘a tragedy’
As well as running Mexico’s biggest television station, Burillo is also a real estate developer
Tiburon police Chief Mike Cronin said no witnesses to the incident have yet been identified.
The exact cause and manner of the boy’s death will be determined through a post-mortem examination and toxicology test, and the results are expected to be released later this week, Cronin said.
Burillo’s bail was set at $1 million. U.S. property records show Burillo’s Marin County home was purchased in 2004 for $10.2 million.
U.S. records show he and his wife, Rose, also own properties in San Diego and Sausalito.
The family own a home in Belvedere, California with spectacular views of San Francisco Bay
‘It’s a tragedy,’ Cronin said at a press conference on Monday as reported by KRON4. ‘We’re all heartsick about this. … It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.’
The incident is under investigation by the Tiburon Police Department, the United States Coast Guard and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.
Burillo,also known as Javier Burillo Azcaragga, is a property developer who built a resort in Baja and projects in California and Texas.
The Azcaragga family is one of the wealthiest in Mexico and owns Televisa, the main TV network in Mexico and reportedly the largest producer and broadcaster of Spanish-language media in the world according to The Ark Newspaper.
‘Javier is a member of an extraordinarily and politically powerful family in Mexico,’ his wife Rose wrote in a court filing seeking child support for her and the boy. The couple have been married for 20 years.
The 11-year-old boy was a student at Escuela Bilingue Internacional in Emeryville for two years and was apparently being home-schooled this year.