“Sol Prendido”, “HEARST” & Borderland Beat Contributors

The FBI announced that a minivan driven by US citizens was shot at shortly after crossing from Texas into the Mexico border city of Matamoros.

News organizations are now confirming that this incident is the same attack in which cartel members (alleged CDG members) can be seen carrying off bodies on video. 

The March 3 Attack

A shooting and vehicle crash occurred on March 3, 2023, in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Various images and videos alleged to depict the attack were shared on social media. 

In the bottom video, cartel hitmen can be seen loading three deceased males and one injured female into the bed of their white pickup truck.

On March 5, 2023, news organization CNN confirmed that this March 3rd incident is the same one being described by the FBI as a kidnapping of American citizens.

US Embassy Press Release

On March 5, 2023, the US embassy put out the following press release, saying: 

The FBI is seeking the public’s help to identify the person(s) responsible for the assault and kidnapping of four American citizens, on March 3, 2023 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

The FBI, its federal partners, and Mexican law enforcement authorities are investigating the case. The FBI announced that it is offering a $50,000 reward for the return of the victims and the capture of those involved.

On March 3, 2023, four United States citizens crossed into Matamoros, Tamaulipas in a white minivan with North Carolina license plates. Shortly after crossing into Mexico, unidentified gunmen shot the passengers of the vehicle. The gunmen herded the four US citizens into another vehicle and fled the scene with them.

The public is urged to call the San Antonio Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 210-225-6741 with any information. Information can also be provided online at https://tips.fbi.gov . Persons providing information may remain anonymous.