2 out of 4 Americans kidnapped in Mexico die
The wife of an American who wasHer husband said she was “glad to be alive” after she and three others were abducted last week. Two of them died.
“His voice was sobbing to hear,” said Michelle Williams, Eric Williams’ wife, describing an emotional call to say he was OK.
She said he told her he was “glad to be alive.”
“It’s sad because two more people lost their lives,” he said.
Eric Williams was one of four Americans kidnapped after crossing into Mexico. He is recovering from surgery at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas, after being shot in the leg during the attack.
Latavia “Tay” McGee was also rescued but uninjured.
Two other Americans, Jindale Brown and Sheid Woodard, were found dead. US officials are working to bring their bodies back to the United States
A US law enforcement source told CBS News that investigators believe the Gulf Cartel is responsible for Friday’s attack in Matamoros, in the state of Tamaulipas.
It remains unclear why Williams, McGee, Woodard and Brown were taken at gunpoint. A family member of McGee told CBS News that the group was traveling from South Carolina so she could get a cosmetic procedure and said McGee had been to the area before for the same reason.
Tamaulipas is among at least five Mexican regions under a State Department “do not travel” advisory due to concerns about crime and kidnappings.
During a news conference Monday, White House Press Secretary Karin Jean-Pierre suggested that Americans should limit their activities in Mexico. He added that he would recommend that Americans thinking about traveling to Mexico follow the State Department’s advice.
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