One of two American victims who survived Mexico kidnapping talks to mom from hospital, is ‘doing ok’: report

Streaming HUBMarch 8, 2023

One of four Americans kidnapped in an ambush last week by a Mexican drug cartel was reportedly able to speak to his mother from a Texas hospital on Tuesday.

Latavia McGee, a resident of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and three other Americans were deported shortly after crossing the border into Matamoros, Mexico, on Friday.

According to the Associated Press, Shaeed Woodard, 33, and Zindel Brown, both in their mid-20s, were killed, while McGee and Eric Williams were abducted by several men wearing tactical vests and carrying rifles. .

The four victims were found on Tuesday in a wooden shack in a rural area near Matamoros. Two survivors were taken to a hospital in Brownsville, Texas, while the State Department is working to recover the remains of the two deceased victims.

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McGee’s mother, Barbara Burgess, told WDPE that a nurse at the hospital called her and she was able to speak to her daughter on Tuesday.

“She’s alive. I talked to her. I talked to her. The nurse at the hospital called and let me talk to her,” Burgess told a local South Carolina news outlet.

“She was crying. I asked her how she was doing. She was doing fine. She was crying because her brother was killed and she saw him die. She saw two of them die. They died in front of her.” Went.”

The four were reportedly traveling to Matamoros so that one of them could undergo a cosmetic procedure.

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According to the Associated Press, Mexican authorities believe the shooting and kidnapping resulted from a “confusion, not a direct attack”. Rival factions of the Gulf drug cartel have been at war in the streets of Matamoros for years.

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