Four US citizens Shot at and taken hostage in Mexico Family members identified Monday the group as friends from South Carolina.
Latavia “Tay” McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown and Eric James Williams — who remain missing — had traveled to Mexico They were being taken to a clinic for cosmetic procedures when their relatives spoke to them. ABC News The Associated Press.
“This is like a bad dream you wish you could wake up from,” said Brown’s sister Zalandria Brown. “To see a member of your family thrown in the back of a truck and dragged, it is just unbelievable.”
Her brother was accompanied by two close friends to have a tummy surgery.
McGee’s mother Barbara Burgess, 54, told ABC News that she was concerned about her daughter’s trip to get cosmetic work done and warned her not to go.
However, her daughter told her “Ma, I’ll be okay,” Before she left on Wednesday for the trip, she remembered.
McGee had to undergo the procedure on Friday. She called her mother to say she was 15 minutes away from the doctor’s office, Burgess said.
It was her last conversation with her daughter.
“Her phone just started going to voicemail,” Burgess spoke to the station.
The group crossed from Texas to Matamoros. It is a dangerous and notoriously violent city. in Tamaulipas, when their white minivan came under attack and was captured by gunmen.
Men are shocked by shocking online video showing the purported abduction. in A bulletproof vest pushed a woman in the bed of a pickup truck, before taking a man with them and throwing him in it. Two more men were then pulled across the ground and placed in the same flatbed.
The woman stood up in the back, while two of the men appeared to be unresponsive — either wounded or dead, according to the footage and a witness.
“The other two they dragged across the pavement, we don’t know if they were alive or dead,” Witness who asked to remain anonymous to protect her privacy said.
FBI offers $50,000 for victims’ return and the arrest of gunmen.
Earlier Monday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had said the four Americans came to Mexico To purchase medication. He further confirmed the death of a Mexican citizen. in Broad-daylight Photography
Matamoros was the first American city. kidnappedFor many years, the city has been plagued for fighting by factions affiliated with the Gulf Drug cartel. The violence had escalated to the point that Friday’s gunfights were so violent, US Consulate has issued an alert regarding the danger.
State Department alerts US citizens While Tamaulipas has a ban on traveling there, Americans who reside near the border to Tamaulipas often travel over it to visit their family or to attend appointments. in This area.