In the wake of a fatal kidnapping close to a hamlet on the US-Mexico border, the US government is advising Americans against traveling to Mexico.
The State Department has issued a Level 4 travel alert for six Mexican states, including Tamaulipas, where the kidnappings took place, as many Americans prepare for their spring break.
Despite the fact that some of those areas had been marked as unsafe since October, the travel warnings were updated following the abduction of four Americans last week.
On March 3, a shootout between cartels occurred in the border city of Matamoros, which is over the border from Brownsville, Texas. Eric James Williams, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was one of the Americans taken hostage.
Williams, 38, and Latavia “Tay” McGee, 35, had been discovered in a hut on Tuesday at a location east of Matamoros. They were flown back to the US for treatment in Brownsville.
Shaeed Woodard, 33, and Zindell Brown, two of their pals, were killed.
Although the reason is unknown, Mexican authorities are not discounting the possibility that the Americans were the target of drug trafficking.
The four South Carolina individuals claimed to have traveled to Mexico so that McGee could have a belly tuck to the surprise of their relatives.
The US government claims that the Mexican states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas are on its list of “do not go” areas because of kidnappings or other crimes.
The US Department noted that violent crime, including homicide, abduction, carjacking, and robbery, is pervasive and frequent in Mexico. Since travel by US government officials to some areas of Mexico is either illegal or restricted, the US government has limited capacity to provide emergency services to US residents there.