Of the group of four American citizens kidnapped last week in Matamoros, two have been found dead and two are alive, Mexican authorities said.
Americo Villareal Anaya, the governor of Tamaulipas, reportedly confirmed the news to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a phone call Tuesday morning, PBS reported.
One of the survivors is wounded, the governor said, adding that ambulances were “rushing to the area to recover them and offer them medical care,” PBS also reported.
The United States is “still working with Mexican officials to learn more and to have all four victims returned to the United States,” John Kirby, the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, told reporters Tuesday, as CNN reported.
The group of Americans were kidnapped at gunpoint in Mexico’s state of Tamaulipas in the city of Matamoros Friday, as TheBlaze reported.
Latavia “Tay” McGee, 33, reportedly drove to Mexico with Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown, and Eric Williams, an unidentified friend of McGee told CNN. The purpose of the trip was for cosmetic surgery scheduled for Friday.
McGee, a mother of six, and the others in the group are from the Myrtle Beach area. They drove from South Carolina to Brownsville, Texas, where they had booked a hotel, and then apparently drove into Matamoros Friday, when they were kidnapped, CNN also reported.
McGee’s mother, Barbara Burgess, told ABC News her daughter called her Friday when she was 15 minutes away from the doctor’s office. When Burgess called McGee later in the day, she never heard back.
Zalandria Brown, sister of Zindell Brown, is in contact with the FBI and local officials, the Associated Press reported.
“This is like a bad dream you wish you could wake up from,” she told the AP in a phone interview. “To see a member of your family thrown in the back of a truck and dragged, it is just unbelievable.”
Ms. Brown told the AP the cosmetic procedure was a tummy tuck surgery.
“Zindell kept saying, ‘We shouldn’t go down,'” Brown also said, remarking on her brother’s misgivings about the trip given the dangers of the locale.
The Justice Department and the State Department are “working closely” together on the case, according to Attorney General Merrick Garland, CNN reported.
“During this difficult time, I want to offer my deepest sympathies to the families of the Americans who were attacked and kidnapped,” Garland said, according to CNN.
(Warning: The below video, believed to show the moment assailants captured the victims, is graphic.)
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