The names of the two murdered Americans have been revealed to be Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown by Mexican authorities. They were taken captive the previous week together with two other people, LaTavia McGee and Eric Williams, both of whom managed to escape their captors.
On Friday of this week, four Americans traveled from Texas to Matamoros in order for one of them to get plastic surgery in the Mexican city. They were attacked with gunfire in the downtown area of Matamoros at noon, and then they were loaded into a pickup truck. A Mexican woman named Areli Pablo Servando, who was 33 years old, was also found dead; it appears that she was killed by a stray gunshot.
After being unable to get in touch with the party that had just crossed the border on Friday morning, one of the friends who had remained in Brownsville alerted the authorities. After receiving the report of the missing people, officers checked area hospitals and jails in accordance with department policy, according to Martin Sandoval, a spokesman for the Brownsville Police Department. Sandoval made this statement on Thursday.
Within an hour, a detective was assigned to the case, and once it was realized that the individuals in question had entered Mexico, the detective notified the FBI. The Federal Bureau of Investigation took over the investigation not long after it became apparent that social media videos were showing a gunfight in which the victims matched the description of the missing people.
They were discovered by the authorities on Tuesday morning on the outskirts of the city, and a man who was guarding them was taken into custody.
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