American resident killed by cartel while traveling through Sonora


A man of Michoacán origin who was traveling from Utah to Mexico was shot to death during a chase that occurred on the Mexico Two Federal Highway in the Altar-Santa Ana section north of Sonora; The victim was one of the thousands of countrymen who travel from the United States to spend the Christmas festivities with their families in their places of origin.

Emilio Javier Ibarra, Municipal Public Security Commissioner, confirmed the violent events where one of the countrymen lost his life. “I want to share that the countrymen affected by this incident came to our municipality seeking help and grieving the loss of a loved one due to a gunshot wound. These people were victims of the same individuals who tried to harm them on the Altar-Santa Ana highway section,” reported the commander of the municipality of Santa Ana.

Security authorities reported that the report of the shooting on the federal highway was received at 1:43 a.m. last Saturday, December 16. There, a person was reported injured by a gunshot on the federal highway. When the security elements arrived at the scene, they met Juan Ayala, 42, who was accompanying the victim and recounted the events.

He explained that since they crossed the Mexico 02 federal highway booth aboard a white Dodge Durango vehicle, they were approached by a group of men who tried to stop their traffic. However, the countrymen did not stop their march, and that was when the chase began and the shooting began. The residents from Utah were heading to Michoacán.

Paramedics from the Red Cross arrived at the scene and determined that the traveling countryman had lost his life. Meanwhile, expert elements from the Sonora Prosecutor’s Office began the corresponding procedures to find those responsible for the murder of a civilian this holiday season.

Source: La Jornada