An American teenager was killed and three others of the victim’s family were wounded on Saturday, Jan. 4, after being attacked by armed gunmen just south of the Texas border.
The attorney general’s office in the state of Tamaulipas said the 13-year-old child was a U.S. citizen and that the parents were permanent residents of the United States. The family was returning to the United States from Mexico in a Chevrolet SUV after visiting their relatives in the state of San Luis Potosi, according to The Associated Press.
No further identity was revealed.
The highway on which they were shot Saturday is considered high risk. It runs through an area that’s disputed by criminal groups including the Gulf Cartel and Zetas, according to KHOU 11.
Saturday’s deadly attack comes two months after a cartel ambush in Mexico killed nine American women and children. On Christmas Eve, Fidel Alejandro Villegas, the police chief of a northwestern Chihuahua town, was placed under federal custody in connection with the murder and is suspected of having ties to organized crime.