Five people handcuffed —alive— were found on the night of this Wednesday, March 8, in the streets of downtown Matamoros, Tamaulipas, along with a cardboard that pointed them out as responsible for the kidnapping of four US citizens and the murder of two of them.
The message was allegedly left by the “Scorpion Group” of the Gulf Cartel to condemn what their men did and ask for “apologies” from society.
“The Gulf Cartel, Grupo Escorpiones, strongly condemns the events of Friday, March 3, where unfortunately an innocent working mother died and 4 American citizens were kidnapped, of which 2 died, for this reason, we have decided to hand over the directly involved and responsible for the events, who at all times acted under their own determination and indiscipline ”, said the first part of the message found next to the five men who appeared in a photograph with their hands tied.
According to the letter, signed with the initials “ CDG Grupo Escorpiones ”, the alleged perpetrators acted “against the rules in which the ‘CDG’ has always operated, respecting the lives and integrity of the innocent. The CDG apologizes to Matamorense society, the relatives of Mrs. Arely, and the affected American families. The CDG asks society to be calm because we are committed to ensuring that those errors caused by indiscipline are not repeated and those responsible pay for their mistakes, whoever they are!!!”, concluded the message written on the cardboard.
Matamoros authorities are investigating the facts and the five alleged perpetrators have not yet been brought before the Tamaulipas State Attorney General’s Office.
The bodies of the two Americans, executed by members of the Escorpión Group, are still in Mexico and have not yet been transferred to the United States.
Victims Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown were found dead Monday in a log cabin southeast of Matamoros. Joining them were their fellow survivors, identified as Latavia McGee and Eric James Williams.
Mexican security forces are investigating the possibility that members of the Gulf Cartel kidnapped four Americans last week thinking they were invading their territory.
The Mexican authorities, who say they are following several lines of investigation, produced a brief document summarizing the kidnapping of the Americans and offering biographical information about them. The metadata for the digital document suggests it was created on Wednesday.
It includes their names, dates of birth, and addresses, as well as information about their criminal records. Among them were drug-related convictions against Brown and Woodard.
In view of the previous convictions, ” it is not ruled out that the attack against him (by the Americans) could be directly related to drug trafficking operations,” which his attackers believed they might be carrying out, the document said.