(GoRealNewsNow.com) – BREAKING NOW: The horrific kidnapping of four Americans in Mexico has sadly concluded with two being found dead and the other two requiring medical treatment.
Specifically, Mexican authorities have found two Americans dead and two others alive after they were kidnapped in the border city of Matamoros.
The four friends had traveled from South Carolina for a medical procedure and got lost on the way to the doctor’s office.
According to the FBI, they were taken from the scene by armed men in a vehicle.
A US official said investigators believe a Mexican cartel likely mistook the Americans for Haitian drug smugglers.
The two surviving Americans have been taken to a Texas hospital for medical attention and observation.
One of the survivors was shot in the leg. Mexican authorities will examine the bodies of the two deceased Americans before being turned over to the US government.
Tamaulipas Attorney General Irving Barrios Mojica said that Mexican authorities activated protocols when they noticed that the minivan the Americans were driving had a license plate from the US. The authorities started several searches and eventually found the four Americans at a house outside Matamoros.
Barrios Mojica said that one person was detained at the house.
US Attorney General, Merrick Garland, said that the Justice Department is working closely with the US State Department on the case. The White House is also working with the Mexican government to learn more about the incident.
The two deceased Americans have been identified as Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown. The two survivors have been identified as Latavia Washington McGee and Eric Williams.
The Mexican government said that Washington McGee was found uninjured, and Williams suffered a bullet wound to the leg. The families of the Americans have been notified of the situation. The surviving Americans will receive medical attention and observation at a hospital in Texas.
The four friends grew up together in South Carolina and were bonded “like glue,” according to Zalandria Brown, the sister of Zindell Brown.
This was the second time Washington McGee had gone to Mexico for a medical procedure, according to her mother.
The incident is a tragic reminder of the dangers that Americans face when traveling to Mexico. The US government has issued travel warnings for certain parts of Mexico due to the high levels of violence and crime.
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