SHOCKING photos reveal the Mexican hideout where two Americans were found dead after four friends were kidnapped.
The South Carolina crew had been in the country for two and a half hours when they were hit by gunfire by Mexican drug cartels in a tragic mix-up.
Authorities believe Shaeed Woodard, 33, and Zindell Brown, in her 20s, were shot dead while mother Latavia “Tay” McGee and Eric James Williams were kidnapped when they were believed to be Haitian drug smugglers on March 3.
The surviving friends, who accompanied McGee to a tummy tuck appointment, were held hostage for days in the northern state of Tamaulipas until officers rescued them.
Newly emerged satellite images show the cramped storage shed where the two surviving hostages were held at Matamoros.
Mexican police have arrested Jose Guadalupe N., 24, who was found guarding the horror house on Tuesday.
McGee and Williams were transported back to Brownsfield, Texas, where they were hospitalized and treated for their injuries.
Authorities said Williams was shot in the leg and his condition is unknown.
Woodard and Brown receive autopsies before being returned to the United States
The group was traveling in a white van with a North Carolina license plate when they pulled into Matamoros.
They got lost trying to find the medical center and had poor cell phone signal, a close friend of McGee’s told CNN.
According to police, the area works with powerful Gulf drug cartels, which the four apparently thought were rivals.
Attorney General Irving Barrios said no ransom was ever demanded and confirmed it was likely a case of false identity.
None of the victims had a criminal record.
A 33-year-old Mexican national was also shot dead by a stray bullet as gunfire rang out, Tamaulipas governor Américo Villarreal said on Tuesday.
A video believed to have shown the moment of the kidnapping was shared on social media.
Heartbroken family members have begun to speak out and share their horror upon seeing the horrifying footage.
“It’s like a bad dream you wish you could wake up from,” Brown’s sister Zalandria told AP on Monday.
“To see a family member being thrown into the back of a truck and being dragged along is just incredible.”
She revealed Brown was concerned about the trial, which was set to take place in an area notorious for high crime.
“Zindell kept saying, ‘We shouldn’t go under,'” she said.
Brown lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and is “extremely close” with the friends he’s traveled with.
Zalandria announced that the group has come together to share driving duties.
A video of the capture was shared on social media last week. It showed a group of men with assault rifles loading four people onto a white van.
While one appeared alive and could sit up straight, the others looked wounded or dead.
A passerby in the area spoke anonymously and shared some details of the violent encounter and said that a white minivan was hit by another vehicle near an intersection where shots were fired.
She appears to have witnessed the kidnapping and the shooting.
“Suddenly they (the gunmen) were in front of us,” she said. “I went into shock, nobody honked, nobody moved. Everyone must have thought the same thing: ‘If we move, they will see us or they might shoot us.’”
She said a woman could walk and was forced into the back of a truck and another person was carried inside and was able to move her head.
“The other two dragged her across the sidewalk, we don’t know if they were alive or dead,” she said.
Woodard’s grieving aunt, Betty McGill, opened up about her beloved relatives in an interview with NewsNation where she described McGee as a “very loving mother”.
“Everywhere she goes, she always finds friends.”
Woodard, McGee’s cousin, was a “quiet” and “very helpful” man, according to his heartbroken aunt.
“It’s just shocking,” said McGill’s son, Hakquan Burgess.
“It’s like I can’t believe it.”
Williams’ wife said she was grateful her husband survived the horrific incident but was devastated for the other families.
He told her he was going to help some friends and she didn’t know where he was going.
“Friday morning he texted me and I texted him back straight away,” Michelle told KTLA.
“He didn’t answer, I assume that’s when he was mugged.”
On Sunday, the FBI showed up at her door and told her what had happened.
The distraught woman said the entire incident was surreal and was grateful when she received the news that Williams had survived.
“I felt a sense of relief,” she told the outlet.
“Because I haven’t slept since Sunday. My heart breaks for the other two families who can’t say the same thing.”
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the Biden administration is working with Mexican officials to investigate the hijacking.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7575481/two-americans-found-dead-lair-mexico-kidnapping/ At a remote hideout where two Americans were found dead and two others rescued, satellite images reveal the chilly location