On Friday, March 3rd, Four Americans went missing after being caught in a crossfire and Kidnapped by gunmen. Zindell Brown, Eric James Williams, Latavia McGee, and Shaeed Woodward reportedly traveled from South Carolina to Mexico in a white minivan. Entering the city of Matamoros from Brownsville the four Americans got caught in the crossfire and were put in a vehicle taken from the scene by the armed men.
A video posted on social media Friday showed the armed men kidnapping the four Americans in a pickup truck in broad daylight. According to AP news, “Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday that there was a confrontation between groups, and they were detained, without offering details. He originally said the four Americans came to Mexico to buy medications.”
Unfortunately, two of the Americans were found dead, and the remaining two were found alive, with one injured. According to Ap news “The U.S. citizens were found in a rural area east of Matamoros called Ejido Longoreño on the way to the Gulf coast known as “Bagdad Beach,” according to a Mexican state law enforcement official. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the case. Word of their location came to authorities before dawn Tuesday.”
In October 2020, the United States Department of State travel advisory recommended that U.S. citizens not travel to the state of Tamaulipas because of crime and kidnapping. Matamoros is considered to be one of the top 3 crime cities. Many residents have complained about their safety and stated that they have to stay inside unless they have to go out.
Written by: Karesha Graham