A letter claiming to be from the Mexican drug cartel blamed for abducting four Americans and killing two of them condemned the violence and said the gang turned over to authorities its own members who were responsible, according to the Associated Press.
The AP reported that the Gulf cartel’s Scorpions faction wrote an apology to the residents of Matamoros, where four Americans were kidnapped, two of which were killed. The Americans were kidnapped Friday in the Mexico border town across from Brownsville, Texas.
“We have decided to turn over those who were directly involved and responsible in the events, who at all times acted under their own decision-making and lack of discipline,” the letter reads, adding that those individuals had gone against the cartel’s rules, which include “respecting the life and well-being of the innocent.”
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The victims were traveling from South Carolina for one to get a tummy tuck procedure. According to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, gunmen opened fire on the group and placed them in a vehicle before armed men took them away from the scene.
The two surviving victims, identified as Latavia “Tay” McGee and Eric James William, were returned to the U.S. and rushed to a Brownsville hospital. McGee was wounded, and William had a bullet in his leg, USA Today reported.
The Gulf cartel is heavily involved in drug trafficking and gaining control over law enforcement, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
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Matamoros is considered a “Level 4” area by the U.S. State Department, which advises against Americans traveling there due to “crime and kidnapping.
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