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Two Americans were found dead and two others alive after they were kidnapped in Matamoros, Mexico, in what officials have described as a drug cartel attack caught on video
The group — identified by the family as Latvia “Tay” McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown and Eric James Williams — was attacked on March 3 shortly after entering Matamoros, an area dominated by the Gulf cartel.
The video showed the group being thrown into a truck by gunmen in broad daylight after a shooting. Authorities confirmed on Tuesday that the group had been found.
Ms. McGee and Mr. Williams were rescued alive and have since been returned to the United States. Mr. Woodard and Mr. Brown were killed.
Ms McGee’s mother previously revealed the group had traveled to Mexico so her daughter could undergo a tummy tuck.
US officials have vowed to ensure justice for the victims, as White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and US Attorney General Merrick Garland pointed to the drug cartels. At least one suspect has been arrested, says Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
GOP calls for military intervention after deadly kidnapping
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told Fox News he would introduce legislation to “set the stage” for using military force in Mexico to fight drug cartels.
Mr. Graham made the comments on Jesse Watters’ show on Monday night, saying he would “introduce legislation to make certain Mexican drug cartels foreign terrorist organizations under U.S. law and set the stage to use military force if necessary.”
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Andrea BlancoMarch 8, 2023 at 08.00
The video allegedly shows kidnapping
A video widely shared on social media, allegedly filmed in the city on Friday, shows people being dragged and dumped into the back of a white flatbed truck parked in the middle of a busy street by gunmen wearing bulletproof vests.
The video has not been officially verified and the FBI has not publicly commented on it.
Matamoros is notorious as a center for gang violence and illegal migrant smuggling.
Tamaulipas state police said on their social media channel that people had been killed and wounded in two shootings in Matamoros on Friday in which neither the military nor the police had been involved, but did not provide further details about the shootings or say whether the kidnappings were connected.
“There have been two armed incidents between unidentified civilians,” it said. “The exact death toll is being confirmed.”
Photographs of the abandoned car, with visible bullet holes, have since been released.
Andrea BlancoMarch 8, 2023 at 07.00
Mexican authorities are working on the repatriation of the bodies of slain American tourists
The bodies of two Americans killed in Matamoros, Mexico, will be returned after local authorities complete forensic evaluations, a source close to the investigation said. CNN.
Tamaulipas Governor Américo Villareal said in a televised call with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that two individuals, Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown, were killed.
Two other US citizens, one unharmed and one injured, are back on US soil.
Andrea BlancoMarch 8, 2023 at 06.00
Pictures show the rescue of two American tourists from the drug cartel’s hideout as dead friends identified
Photos of Unbiased Press showed the moment the two surviving American citizens were rescued by Mexican authorities.
They were found at a storage house in a rural area east of Matamoros called Ejido Longoreño on their way to the local beach known as Playa Bagdad, a source close to the investigation said. AP.
Andrea BlancoMarch 8, 2023 at 05.00
Zindell Brown had been wary of traveling to Mexico
Zindell Brown, one of the two Americans killed in the kidnapping, was concerned about the risks of traveling to Mexico, his sister told The Associated Press.
“Zindell kept saying, ‘We shouldn’t go down,'” Zalandria Brown told the news organization.
And she added: “This is like a bad dream you wish you could wake up from. To see a family member thrown into the back of a truck and dragged, it’s just unbelievable.”
Graeme MassieMarch 8, 2023 4:31 am
White House reacts to deadly kidnappings of US citizens in Mexico
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday that any attack on American citizens under any circumstances was unacceptable.
Jean-Pierre said more information will be released after family members of the two fatal victims and two kidnapping survivors are updated by U.S. officials on developments in the case. She also noted that the Biden administration remains committed to “disrupting transnational criminal organizations including Mexican drug cartels and human traffickers.”
“We remain determined to apply the full weight of our efforts and resources to counter them,” Jean-Pierre said.
“Right now. our immediate concern is for the safe return of our citizens, the health and well-being of those who survived this attack, and the support that must be given to the families of those who need it.”
Andrea BlancoMarch 8, 2023 at 04.00
Mexican officials release image of person arrested in operation to recover four Americans
A picture of Jose Guadalupe “N” who was detained in the rescue operation is shown during a press conference to provide details after two US citizens were found dead in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, at the Auditorium of Secretaria de Seguridad y Protección Ciudadana on March 7, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico .
Graeme MassieMarch 8, 2023 03:30
Americans advised against traveling to the area where the kidnapping took place
The US Consulate in Matamoros issued an alert to its employees on Friday in response to the latest outbreak of violence.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI San Antonio Division at 210-225-6741 or to submit tips anonymously online here.
Andrea BlancoMarch 8, 2023 at 03.00
Officials show photos of where Americans have been found in Mexico
Images of the scene where four U.S. citizens were rescued are shown on a screen during a news conference to provide details after two U.S. citizens were found dead in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, at the Auditorium of Secretaria de Seguridad y Protección Ciudadana on March 7, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Graeme MassieMarch 8, 2023 02:27
Suspect arrested in death of Mexico ‘tummy tuck’ tourists
Tamaulipas Governor Américo Villarreal said during a news conference that the group was moved from various locations, including a clinic, during the three days their kidnapping lasted in an attempt to throw off investigators.
Mr. Villareal said the “Clan del Golfo” is the cartel known to run and control the area. Tamaulipas Attorney General Irving Barrios Mojica also said Mexican officials believe members of the Gulf drug cartel are behind the attack.
Andrea BlancoMarch 8, 2023 at 02.00 am