WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
- The Gulf cartel has apologized for the armed abduction and killing of two American citizens in Mexico last week.
- The cartel has condemned the violence and claims to have turned over members involved in the incident.
- Four Americans were kidnapped and shot at after driving into Matamoros, Mexico, for a medical procedure. Two individuals survived and were treated in the U.S.
The Gulf cartel issued an apology on Thursday for the armed abduction and killing of two American citizens last week in Mexico.
According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the cartel “strongly condemns the events of Friday, March 3 in which unfortunately an innocent working mother died and four American citizens were kidnapped, of which two died.”
The letter also stated that the cartel had turned over members who were involved in the incident. Four Americans were shot at and kidnapped after driving into Matamoros, Mexico, just south of Brownsville, Texas, for a medical procedure.
A law enforcement source with knowledge of the matter previously said that video showed a gunman dragging people into a white pickup. Tamaulipas state Gov. Américo Villarreal said at a news conference that a woman, identified by family as LaTavia Washington McGee, and a man, Eric Williams, survived the kidnapping.
Both were taken to a clinic for medical treatment and returned to the U.S. by an international bridge between Matamoros and Brownsville. It was reported that Williams had been shot in the leg but was back in the U.S.
The Gulf Cartel’s letter also apologized to “the society of Matamoros … the affected American individuals, and families.” It promised that “the guilty parties will pay, regardless of who they are.”