The pair of American survivors of last month’s deadly Mexican cartel kidnapping have revealed harrowing details about the ordeal, including how they say their captors put guns to their heads and tried to force them to have sex with each other.
LaTavia Washington McGee and Eric Williams told CNN’s Anderson Cooper during a Tuesday interview that they are still reeling from the attack that left their friends Zindell Brown and Shaeed Woodard, as well as another bystander, dead.
“They didn’t deserve that. None of us deserved it. But we’re alive – we have a lot of recovering to do,” Washington McGee told Cooper.
The four American friends were shot at and kidnapped by gunmen in a brazen ambush in Northern Mexico on March 3. The group traveled in a rented white minivan from South Carolina into the Mexico border city of Matamoros for a reported planned cosmetic surgery for Washington McGee.
Gunfire abruptly started after the group crossed the US-Mexico border and turned down a side street, the survivors said.
Williams said that while they were in captivity, they were blindfolded at times, and the kidnappers wore red plastic “Diablo masks.” The captors put “guns to our head, telling us not to look up,” he said.
At one point, the kidnappers “tried to make us have sex with each other,” said Williams. Williams said he and Washington McGee told the captors that they are brother and sister and that Washington McGee was pregnant. It’s unclear if Williams and Washington McGee are actually related.
Washington McGee told Cooper that during the nightmarish days-long ordeal, one of the kidnappers apologized, saying, “Somebody made the wrong call. They were high and drunk.”
Investigators believed a drug cartel mistook the Americans for Haitian drug smugglers, a US official previously told CNN.