The two American citizens who were found alive Tuesday after being kidnapped at gunpoint during cartel crossfire in Mexico have returned to the US, sources said.
Just hours after the pair were reportedly found at a clinic in the northeastern border city of Matamoros, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN they would receive medical care at a hospital in Texas.
One of the survivors, who are said to be a man and a woman, is seriously injured, sources said.
The bodies of the two who were killed will be examined by Mexican authorities before being repatriated to the US, the outlet reported.
The shocking tragedy unfolded Friday, when Latavia “Tay” McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown and Eric James Williams were abducted by gunmen in broad daylight shortly after they crossed the Texas border into the crime-ridden city of Matamoros.
After a five-day search, Mexican officials announced Tuesday morning that two men had been found dead, while a third victim was injured and the fourth was unharmed.
The foursome, who are all friends from South Carolina, had traveled to Mexico so McGee, 33, could undergo a tummy tuck operation, relatives said.
The terrifying ambush was captured in a video that showed unidentified gunmen in bulletproof vests firing on the group’s white minivan before forcing a woman into the bed of a truck.
Two men, who appear either wounded or dead, are then thrown in alongside her.
In a comment to reporters on Tuesday, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby was “still working” with Mexican officials over the incident.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that one individual was in custody.
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