Two of the four US citizens who went missing after a violent kidnapping in Mexico last week have been discovered dead, while the other two are still alive. Let’s see who are the tourists, Eric James Williams and Latavia Tay McGee and what happened in detail.
Who are Eric James Williams and Latavia Tay McGee?
Two of the four Americans abducted at gunpoint in Matamoros, Mexico on March 3 were discovered dead. Fortunately, the two other people were rescued, according to Mexican and US officials on Tuesday.
The surviving Americans have been named Latavia “Tay” McGee and Eric James Williams by Mexico’s security secretary.
The other two Americans have been named Zindell Brown and Shaeed Woodard, according to the reports. Their remains will be returned, once Mexico has completed its forensic investigation.
Américo Villarreal, the governor of Tamaulipas, reported that only one of the two surviving Americans sustained injuries.
FBI also confirmed that one of the surviving victims suffers serious injuries and was taken to a U.S. hospital for treatment.
In a tweet posted Tuesday afternoon, the Tamaulipas attorney general confirmed that federal and state officials escorted the two remaining Americans to an international bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border.
What happened to Eric James Williams and Latavia Tay McGee?
Williams, McGee, Zindell Brown, and McGee’s cousin Shaeed Woodard, the four Americans, arrived Friday morning in Matamoros, Mexico, which is located in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas just south of Brownsville, Texas.
The passengers of the car were shot shortly after entering Mexico, according to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. In a white minivan, the Americans had been moving along.
The four American citizens were herded into another car by the gunmen, according to the embassy. At a press briefing, Tamaulipas’ attorney general, Irving Barrios, said there was no direct attack on Americans. It “seems to be that it was a misunderstanding,” Barrios said.
According to a source familiar with the investigation, Mexican detectives think the kidnappers may have mistakenly thought the Americans were rival human traffickers.
The two surviving Americans, Eric James Williams and Latavia Tay McGee, who was involved in a deadly kidnapping in Matamoros, have been transported to a Brownsville hospital for treatment, according to authorities.
Mexican authorities reported on Tuesday that Ms. McGee and Mr. Williams have been returned to US officials at the Mexican border with Brownsville, Texas.
While Mr. Williams sustained a gunshot wound to his right leg, he is anticipated to make a full recovery. Ms. McGee was uninjured.
On Friday, four people—LaTavia “Tay” Mcgee, Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown, and Eric James Williams—were abducted in Matamoros, a region ruled by the Gulf drug gang.
A video circulating online showed the party, who had traveled from South Carolina, being thrown into a truck by armed men in open daylight after a shootout.
The two Americans were rescued from a stash house in Mexico where they were being held captive by drug gang members shocked the public.
They were rescued from the stash house in Ejido Longoreo, a rural area east of Matamoros, on the route to Playa Baghdad, a local beach.
One person has been detained. According to Mexican authorities, the 24-year-old suspect was in responsibility of taking care of the victims inside the house where they were discovered.
McGee, a mother of five who is one of the survivors, came to Mexico from South Carolina for a cosmetic surgery.
The statement from Tamaulipas attorney general office read, “Investigation and intelligence work continue to capture those responsible.
Ned Price, the press secretary for the State Department, announced during a news conference that both survivors had arrived back in the United States by Tuesday afternoon.
According to Price, authorities were still “in the process of working to repatriate the remains” of the two fatal victims.
He declined to share additional information about the investigation into their abduction. “The investigation is in its earliest days,” Price told reporters.
“I understand we may have more to share from the FBI at the appropriate time.”
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