Jul 6, 2011, 9:23 PM
Post #31 of 51
As you suggested I Google'd Americans Murdred in Mexico.
1)Fox News - Two Americans killed at Mexico Border Crossing; April, 2011. The victims were identified as 25-year-old Sergio Salcido Luna and 28-year-old Kevin Joel Romero. Dual citizenship. Luna was a mixed martial arts fighter and friends say he was training for a fight in June. "He was a cage fighter who went by the name Sergio 'Suave' Salcido. He's a really tough fighter, old school type fighter, old school brawler, hard nose, real tough guy"... Mexican police say a small amount of drugs were found on one victim. "While shootings like this are rare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who spoke with Fox News on the condition of anonymity doubt this was a random shooting or a case of mistaken identity.
2) CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico Nov. 2010— A U.S. university student, Eder Diaz and his companion Manuel Acosta from Chihuahua were shot to death at 2:30 a.m., becoming the fifth American slain in this violent border city in six days, Mexican and U.S. authorities said Wednesday. Both, were students in El Paso. Also Luis Carlos Araiza, 15, a student at Bowie High School in El Paso, and Joanna Herrera, 27, were fatally shot while traveling in a BMW sport utility vehicle near the Zaragoza international bridge Saturday. Mexican officials said they had criminal records but would not elaborate. Edgar Lopez, 35, was shot and killed Saturday on the patio of a residence in Ciudad Juarez, while on Friday, Lorena Izaguirre, 24, was killed at a tortilla shop. Ciudad Juarez has become one of the world's deadliest cities amid a turf war between the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels. More than 2,000 people have been killed this year in the city. The largest previous single-city death toll for Americans was on May 9, 2009, when three U.S. citizens were slain in Tijuana, across the border from San Diego, California.
3) Officials: 92 Americans killed by homicide in Mexico in last year. Nov. 2010 On the same day Tiffany Young-Hartley claims to have watched her husband die after being shot by Mexican attackers on a border lake, another man was shot on a bus near Matamoros. According to the U.S. Department of State, 92 Americans have been reported as victims of homicide in Mexico from June 2009 to June 2010. (Only thing is that the Dept. of State hasn't posted the reasons for these deaths and some are known to be the results of a drug deal gone bad).
Yes, there were a lot of 'hits' when this is Google'd. Most are repeats of the same story, go back several years and most every story I come up with is related to some border town (yes, Juarez is/was a killing zone) and all seem to be associated with a person or persons of Mexican descent. Some appear they could be that someone was maybe in the wrong place at the wrong time and others look suspiciously like they could be drug related.
But anyway, I'll go back to my original thought. You made a pretty definitive remark about unsuspecting Americans being murdered at will, and are seemingly pretty sure that Michoacan is another killing field. My travels there have not borne that out. I have no fight with you but I want to try and discern whether you have information that is valuable to me (and other Americans looking to travel in Mexico) or whether, like those who might want to paint a rosy picture, your information is of any real value when examined under a bright light. So far, I am leaning towards not relying on your information as being valuable for me. Your being 'extorted over a car accident that never happened' is admittedly an unfortunate situation but hardly is in the same league with murder.
P.S. You wondered what 'the motive for squaring off with people who post important information about what to expect in Mexico' was all about. You said the 'truth is truth'. Well, as much as you have a right to post your feelings and call them 'truths', others have a right to ask and question the validity of your truth.
(This post was edited by RickS on Jul 6, 2011, 9:27 PM)