On March 3, 2023, four American citizens who crossed the border to Matamoros, Mexico, were kidnapped. And the drug cartels are “more than likely” to blame for the violence.
It has now been confirmed that two are dead. Shaeed Woodard, 33, and Zindell Brown,28 will be returned to the U.S. after autopsies are completed.
Both survivors were identified. Eric Williams has a leg wound and Latavia Washington McGee is unharmed. Williams and McGee were returned to the U.S. Today.
They were taken to a Brownsville hospital accompanied by a convoy of Mexican ambulances and SUVs escorted by Mexican military Humvees, armored vehicles, state police and the National Guard.
Attorney General Merrick Garland claimed Tuesday that the Mexican drug cartels are responsible.
Referring generally to the violence that Mexican drug cartels have wrought, Garland said that the DEA and FBI are doing everything possible to dismantle and disrupt and ultimately prosecute the leaders of the cartels and the entire networks they depend on.
Kidnapped Americans on the way to get a tummy tuck
Authorities believe the Americans were mistakenly targeted. And that the group was in Mexico for a cosmetic medical procedure.