Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown, two Americans who were recently kidnapped and murdered at gunpoint in Mexico, have been identified by CNN.
The two men were with Latavia “Tay” McGee and Eric James Williams in Matamoros, a northeastern border city, when they were abducted in broad daylight on Friday.
McGee and Williams survived the attack and have since returned to the United States. Police have confirmed that one of the two survivors was injured, but did not specify which one.
All four of them were from South Carolina and had traveled to Mexico so that McGee could have tummy tuck surgery. Unfortunately, their trip ended in tragedy.
The U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for those considering traveling to Mexico, citing “violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, [as] common.” The advisory warns Americans to avoid traveling to certain areas of the country altogether.
Unfortunately, the kidnapping and murder of Woodard and Brown is not an isolated incident. Mexico has been plagued by violent crime in recent years, particularly in areas close to the U.S. border. In fact, more than 34,000 people were murdered in Mexico in 2019 alone, making it the country’s deadliest year on record.
As authorities continue to investigate the murders of Woodard and Brown, their families are left to mourn the tragic loss of their loved ones. It’s a stark reminder of the dangers that can come with traveling to certain areas of the world.