Two Americans kidnapped by Mexican gangsters in Mexico have returned to the United States and have been transferred to Texas.
Ned Price, a spokesperson of the State Department, stated that the two survivors were since repatriated to the United States at a Tuesday news conference. “This was possible thanks to the assistance of our Mexican partners, and with the support from our Mexican officials.
Two of the two survivors were transported in ambulances to Brownsville, Texas. They were escorted by a law enforcement officer over the Veterans International Bridge. The two were seen crossing the Veterans International Bridge on the U.S. side. They were then taken to Valley Regional Medical Center, Brownsville, for treatment.
This news comes days after the Tamaulipas Governor announced that two of the four Americans kidnapped in the incident died. According To The Associated Press, Americo Villarreal said that.
They were crossing from Brownsville, Texas to Matamoros (Tamaulipas), Friday when they were shot at by gunfire. Two victims were injured or killed by the men who carried their bodies along the pavement. They were believed to be Mexican drug cartel members.
The attack also claimed one victim. A fourth American was not injured in the attack.
Zalandria Brown was his older sister. She identified Zindell Brown as a kidnapping victim. Brown stated that her brother, two friends, and a third friend were heading to Mexico for a stomach tuck.
The other three were identified by Family members as Latavia “Tay” McGee, Shadeed Woodard, and Eric James Williams all from South Carolina.
Price stated, “all appropriate assistance” was provided by the State Department to them and their families.
Price said that the United States and Mexico had offered their deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased. Price also stated that U.S. law enforcement and Mexican law enforcement had collaborated “to find these innocent victims” and that a task force would “ensure that justice is done next.”