Over a month after four Americans were assaulted and kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel, two survivors are revealing details of their captivity as they recover from the trauma of the ordeal and the death of their two friends.
“They didn’t deserve that. None of us deserved it. But we’re alive – we have a lot of recovering to do,” LaTavia Washington McGee told CNN’s Anderson Cooper during an exclusive interview Tuesday.
Survivors Of Mexican Kidnapping Reveal Horrifying Details Of Time In Captivity
On March 3, Washington McGee, Eric Williams, Shaeed Woodard, and Zindell Brown were kidnapped while traveling to a medical appointment in Matamoros, Mexico. Both Woodard and Brown were killed, while McGee and Williams survived.
The group was driving across the U.S.-Mexico border when they heard a car horn beeping behind them. Brown looked back. Then saw the occupants had guns and told the others not to stop the vehicle, Washington McGee recalled.
That’s when the shooting started, according to Williams.
“Zindell and Shaeed, they jumped up to run and they were gunned down,” Williams said.
Williams was shot in both legs after jumping out of the driver’s side door as someone started beating on the car window with a gun.
Meanwhile, Washington McGee was forced by gunpoint into the bed of a pickup truck, disturbing CCTV footage shows, and the others were carried onto it.
Investigators believe the group was mistaken for Haitian drug smugglers; a U.S. official previously told CNN.