Cartel gunmen shot dead a Texan woman while trying to hijack a car on a highway leading to a border town in Mexico. The shooting happens as drug cartels continue to fight for control of lucrative drug and human smuggling corridors in Texas.
The shooting happened this week when 52-year-old Carmen Lorena Martínez was traveling in an SUV driven by her boyfriend, 55-year-old Martin Gomez. The couple drove from Cerralvo Nuevo, Leon, to Houston, Texas.
Information provided to Breitbart Texas by law enforcement sources revealed that the couple was traveling in a 2015 Chevrolet Traverse when a group of armed men began following them near Ciudad Mier in Tamaulipas. The couple increased their speed in an attempt to escape the gunmen, but did not see a series of road peaks deployed by a separate group of gunmen at the entrance to the city.
When the vehicle was forced to stop, gunmen repeatedly fired at the vehicle that hit Carmen. After the shooting, gunmen told Gomez that he was guilty of not stopping.
The area where the shooting took place is currently controlled by the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, a hyperviolent criminal group fighting the Gulf Cartel to control lucrative smuggling corridors in Texas.
The violent murder came just days after U.S. consular officials in Mexico issued a series of travel and security warnings after days of severe shootings in several Mexican cities.
Editor’s note: Breitbart Texas traveled to Mexico City and the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nuevo León to hire citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose cartels that silence their communities. If the pseudonym had not been used, the writers would have faced certain death due to various cartels operating in these areas, including the Gulf Cartel and the Los Zetas. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and original Spanish. This article was written by “Francisco Morales” from Tamaulipas.