The American family attacked in Mexico is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, according to CNN.
According to the Associated Press, the family was attacked on Saturday night, just south of Texas, when returning to the U.S. after visiting Mexico.
The family came under attack by armed gunmen, who killed a 13-year-old and wounded three others.
The state of Tamaulipas attorney general’s office did not release the victims' names, and said the parents were permanent residents of the United States and the teen was a U.S. citizen.
According to the Associated Press, the family was returning from a holiday visit to relatives in the state of San Luis Potosi and was traveling in a Chevrolet SUV with Oklahoma plates.
The highway the family was traveling on connects the city of Mier with Nueva Ciudad Guerrero, and runs through an area that's disputed by criminal groups, and is considered high risk, according to the Associated Press.
2 Works for You spoke with the family. The husband said he wasn’t in the car when the ambush happened, but his wife and another family member were also shot and suffered injuries. He said they are in the hospital in stable condition. The family also said they are currently making funeral arrangements.
A U.S. Department of State official released a statement regarding the incident.
We can confirm that one U.S. citizen was killed, and two U.S. citizens injured, in an attack in Tamaulipas, Mexico on January 4. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss, and we are providing them all appropriate consular assistance. We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into this brutal attack. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment at this time.
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