Over 200 Americans killed in Mexico since `04 State Dept.: More lives lost than in any other country outside combat zones
February 9, 2009
HOUSTON - More than 200 American citizens have been killed since 2004 in Mexico`s escalating wave of violence, amounting to the highest number of unnatural deaths in any foreign country outside military combat zones, according to the U.S. State Department.
The deaths included a 22-year-old Houston man and his 16-year-old friend who were hauled out of a minivan and shot execution style. They also included a 65-year-old nurse from Brownsville found floating in the Rio Grande after visiting a Mexican beauty salon and a retiree stabbed to death while camping on a Baja beach, reported the Houston Chronicle in a story published Sunday, which examined hundreds of records related to the deaths.[More]
Caught in the chaos More than 200 U.S. citizens killed in Mexico since `04, By Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle, February 8, 2009What this means is thatÂ you`ll be safer if you decide, come March Break, to "See America First!" That way, your chance of being murdered by a Mexican gunman, or gang member is...still pretty high.
22-year-old man from Houston and his 16-year-old friend are hauled out of a minivan in Mexico, shot execution style by thugs in a black Lincoln Continental, and left dead in the dirt.
The body of a 65-year-old nurse from Brownsville is found floating in the Rio Grande after a visit to a Mexican beauty salon.
An American retiree, an ex-Marine, is stabbed to death as he camps on a Baja beach with his dog.
More than 200 U.S. citizens have been slain in Mexicoâ€™s escalating wave of violence since 2004 â€” an average of nearly one killing a week, according to a Houston Chronicle investigation into the deaths.
Rarely are the killers captured.
The U.S. State Department tracks most American homicides abroad, but the department releases minimal statistics and doesnâ€™t include victimsâ€™ names or details about the deaths. The Chronicle examined hundreds of records to document the personal tragedies behind them.More