A my culpa surprising to say the least. Friday, March 3, four Americans crossed the border with Mexico at the wheel of a white minivan registered in North Carolina before being targeted by gunfire and then kidnapped by armed men. Four days later, the lifeless bodies of two of them were found. Accused of being responsible for the kidnapping and the double murder, the Gulf Cartel, Mexico’s oldest criminal group, has issued an apology. Several local media published a letter attributed to the organization based in Matamoros, in Tamaulipas, a state bordering Texas, on Thursday March 9.
In this handwritten document, of which the Associated Press obtained a copy, the Scorpions faction of the “Cártel del Golfo” claims “strongly condemn” the facts and apologize to the inhabitants of Matamoros, where the kidnapping took place, to the family of a woman victim of a stray bullet, to the four Americans and to their relatives. According to the alleged letter from the Gulf Cartel, the kidnappers acted without the authorization of their hierarchy. Hence the decision to hand them over to the authorities.