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Survivors of Mexico kidnapping return to U.S.: report

The other two,  Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown, have been confirmed dead.

Published: March 7, 2023 3:52pm

Updated: March 7, 2023 8:31pm

Two surviving members of a party of four returned to the United States following a lethal kidnapping attempt in Matamoros, Mexico, sources told the New York Post.

The group entered Mexico via Brownsville, Texas, while driving a white minivan bearing North Carolina license plates. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador previously indicated that they had arrived in the country to purchase medicine.

An armed group kidnapped the individuals amid a fire-fight in the city of Matamoros, which plays host to competing drug cartels due to its position as a jumping off point for trafficking efforts.

Mexican authorities rushed Latavia "Tay" McGee and Eric James Williams to the U.S. border to receive medical care in Texas, the Post reported. One of the two has reportedly sustained serious injuries. The other two, Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown, have been confirmed dead.

The FBI confirmed the survivors' repatriation in a statement and noted that "[t]his is still an ongoing criminal investigation... Our FBI Victim Services personnel from multiple field offices have been working diligently to assist both the victims and their family members as they recover from this traumatic event."

"We are working with DoS on the recovery of the deceased victims to the United States," the bureau added.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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