Matamoros, Tamaulipas — The governor of Tamaulipas has confirmed the death of two of the four kidnapped Americans. The four American citizens who had crossed the border from Texas into Tamaulipas March 3, were kidnapped after being caught in a criminal gang crossfire.
On March 7, authorities reported finding the four American citizens. Two were found dead. One was found injured and the fourth, unharmed. The governor of Tamaulipas, Américo Villarreal, confirmed the deaths.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador received the news live from the Tamaulipas Governor during his Tuesday morning press conference.
“We are very sorry that this is happening in our country and we send our condolences to the families of the victims, to friends, to the people of the United States, to the government of the United States,” López Obrador said after the phone call.
One person was reported detained during the rescue of the U.S. citizens. That person has been identified as 24-year-old José Guadalupe “N”. He was arrested after being found left in charge of the Americans.
On Monday, the Tamaulipas Prosecutor’s Office announced that at least eight Mexican, state and federal security agencies were searching for four Americans.
The two surviving Americans identified as Latavia and Eric, have been turned over to U.S. authorities.