Boy killed on San Francisco Bay boating trip; wealthy Mexican developer arrested

Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY

A member of a wealthy Mexican family was arrested on manslaughter charges after his 11-year-old son was killed during a boating trip in the San Francisco Bay.

Javier Burillo, 57, faces charges including vehicular manslaughter with a vessel and operating a boat while under the influence.

Tiburon Police Chief Michael Cronin said Burillo was driving the boat near Angel Island, north of San Francisco, when the vessel hit a wave and his 11-year-old son and 27-year-old son were thrown overboard.

"There is a fair possibility that they were swept under or when he turned to rescue them," Cronin said, according to KGO-TV.

Tiburon Police Chief Mike Cronin says an 11-year-old boy was knocked off a boat when it hit a wave.

Burillo brought his two sons aboard and drove them back to Corinthian Yacht Club. His older son had cuts to his leg, and his younger son was pronounced dead at the club, Cronin said. Burillo called police around 7 p.m. Sunday, Cronin said.

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"It's a tragedy. We're all heartsick about it," he said.

According to The Associated Press, property records show Burillo’s full name is Javier Burillo Azcarraga, a wealthy property developer with luxury hotels and restaurants in Mexico. His family founded Grupo Televisa, a media company that provides programming and news shows seen across Latin America.

The Marin Independent Journal reported that court records indicate Burillo's wife, Rose, filed for divorce in a pending case in Marin County in which she sought child support for her and the boy.

"Javier is a member of an extraordinarily and politically powerful family in Mexico," she wrote in a court filing, the newspaper reported.

The AP reported that the couple bought their Marin County home for $10.2 million in 2004.

"I know him as Javier Burillo," Cronin said, declining to confirm the man's full name.

Burillo was released on $1 million bail Monday.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow USA TODAY's Ryan Miller on Twitter: @RyanW_Miller


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