— The Mexican government pledged Sunday to investigate the brutal
killings of a U.S. consulate employee and two family members of
consulate employees in a violent, drug-plagued metropolis across from
The Mexican government and officials in the border
along with her husband, also a U.S. citizen. The husband of another
employee of the U.S. consulate also was killed in a separate shooting
Secretary of State
whose department oversees consular employees, said the U.S. would work
with the Mexican government to find and punish those responsible.
“The safety and security of our personnel and their families in
would “do everything necessary to protect our people and to ensure that
the perpetrators of these horrendous acts are brought to justice.”
There were no initial reports as to why the three were killed, but statements from the Mexican government and the
Traffickers are suspected because of recent threats
made against consulate personnel, said an official familiar with the
matter who refused to be named because of its sensitive nature.
Saturday’s killings weren’t the first time violence was directed at U.S. personnel in
who became a symbol of U.S. drug abuse prevention. The most recent
violence, if carried out by traffickers, could signal a pushback
against new efforts by the U.S. and
“The government of
will continue to roll back transnational organized crime, and under the
principle of shared responsibility underscores the need for both our
countries to keep working as full partners to guarantee the safety and
security of our peoples, particularly those living in our border
The DEA has given Mexican President
where scores of people are murdered every weekend as unabated drug
violence has raged for years and is increasingly spilling across the
The violence isn’t limited to the border. On Saturday, 13 people were killed in the Pacific resort city of
including five police officers and two people who were beheaded. Drug
traffickers are thought to be responsible for those killings, too.
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