2 Kidnapped Americans Found Dead In Mexico, 2 More Still Living

MATAMOROS, MEXICO — Last week, four Americans were kidnapped in Mexico City, Mexico, after being caught in the crossfire between two rival gangs.

We now know that two of those kidnapped have been killed. Two more still live, according to the Associated Press. One of those two is wounded.

Tamaulipas Gov. Américo Villarreal stated that “right now the ambulances and the rest of the security personnel are going to give the corresponding support,” but reportedly did not say what condition the wounded individual was in.

Nothing was reportedly shared about how the victims were found, either.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador both reportedly blamed the U.S. media for sensationalizing the incident and said that “It’s very unfortunate, they (the U.S. government) has the right to protest like they have… We really regret that this happens in our country.”

According to one of the family members of one of the victims, the group had travelled to the border town of Matamoros, Mexico, so that one of the four could get a tummy tuck.

This incident serves to underscore what the Associated Press called “terror that has prevailed for years in Matamoros, a city dominated by factions of the powerful Gulf drug cartel who often fight among themselves.”

Like many places in the world, Mexico has a very serious problem with crime.

It is not worth one’s time and safety to travel across the border for a medical procedure, and one can only hope that potential travellers will learn from this story.

This incident can also serve as an important reminder — it is crucial that those who travel to other countries do so with their eyes open, and their heads on a swivel.

None of the above makes this crime the victims’ fault, but life isn’t fair. Sometimes, we have to do more than our fair share to remain safe and sound.

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