At least one of the five young men killed by the Mexican army is said to be linked to Cartel del Noreste, which operates in the northern border town of Nuevo Laredo across from Texas.
A sixth victim of the shooting, who was injured and is fighting for his life at a local hospital, also belongs to the same criminal organization.
Wilberto Mata was shot ten times by soldiers after a high-speed chase before dawn on Sunday after the driver, 21-year-old American Gustavo Suárez, failed to stop.
An intelligence report reviewed by TV Azteca claimed that Mata had a criminal record in San Antonio, Texas.
An intelligence report obtained by TV Azteca indicated that Wilberto Mata, one of five young men killed by a soldier in the northern border town of Nuevo Laredo, was an alleged member of the Cartel del Noreste (Northeast Cartel).
According to a Mexican intelligence report, Gustavo Suárez, an American from San Antonio, Texas, was an alleged member of the Northeast Cartel. The 21-year-old was driving the pickup truck that crashed into a parked car after refusing orders from the military to stop. He was shot 12 times and died
Luis Martínez survived after being shot twice by the Mexican army following a high-speed chase in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, across from Texas. A Mexican intelligence report claims he was connected to the 35th Battalion of the Northeast Cartel Special Forces
The document claimed that Suárez was also a member of the Cartel del Noreste. He reportedly operated under the aliases ‘El Gus’ and ‘El Baby Syko’.
The file also revealed that the five victims tested positive for sodium rhodizonate, a sign that they may have been carrying weapons and firing at the soldiers during the chase. However, no firearms were recovered from their pickup.
Photos shared by Mata’s friends on social media showed him holding a rifle and wearing a black vest with the initials of the Cartel del Noreste (Northeast Cartel), “CDN,” across the chest and ammunition attached to it. hung.
A second photo posted online shows Mata holding a rifle and wearing a green army vest that appeared to hide grenades. A third photo showed Mata smiling and giving a thumbs up in a prison cell.
Alejandro Trujillo was one of five men shot dead by soldiers in Nuevo Laredo, Mexican. Four members of the military were arrested Thursday and each is charged with murder, bodily harm and disobedience
Jonathan Aguilar did not survive after being shot in the temple by a Mexican soldier after the vehicle he was riding crashed into a parked vehicle in the border town of Nuevo Laredo
A friend dedicated a post to Mata with a picture of him holding a gun and the name of the criminal organization spelled out below the initials.
The five men were shot dead when Suárez, a resident of San Antonio, Texas, refused the order to stop. Suárez was chased by two army pickup trucks before losing control of his own truck and crashing into a parked vehicle.
Suárez, who had learned hours before the incident that he would become a first-time father, was shot 12 times and died. A third victim, Alejandro Trujillo, died from being shot five times. Jonathan Aguilar did not survive after being beaten in the temple. Gustavo Pérez died after being shot twice – in the side and on the right forearm.
Luis Martínez, who was shot twice and remained in an induced coma as of Friday, was also an alleged member of the Cartel del Noreste, according to his Facebook account.
He had previously changed his profile picture to the logo of the criminal organization’s 35th Special Forces Battalion.
Pérez’s brother, Alejandro Pérez, was unharmed and told Univision that he saw the moment when his sibling was shot at close range.
Jennifer Castillo (right) found out Sunday morning after her son Gustavo Suárez (left) was killed by the Mexican army that his girlfriend was expecting the couple’s first child
Jennifer Castillo said her son Gustavo Castillo bought his Chevrolet Silverado pickup in February and had the vehicle’s temporary license plate removed by the soldiers involved in the fatal shooting
He revealed that the soldiers forced him to give a video statement claiming the group was responsible for the incident in exchange for sparing his life.
Mexican authorities have yet to respond to Mata and Martínez’s alleged ties to the notorious criminal organization.
Four soldiers were arrested on Thursday for the murder of the five men. They each face murder, bodily harm and disobedience.
The Defense Ministry said the soldiers acted on their own and fired at the vehicle after hearing a loud noise following the crash.
Wilberto Mata is said to have ties to the Northeast Cartel, a criminal organization operating in Nuevo Laredo, a border town in northern Mexico opposite Texas.
Wilberto Mata, an alleged member of the Northeast Cartel, reportedly had a criminal record in San Antonio, Texas
Authorities alleged that Suárez was driving a Chevrolet Silverado that had been reported stolen.
However, his mother, Jennifer Castillo, showed evidence of a Texas-issued temporary license plate and said she had title to the vehicle, which Suárez purchased in February.
Castillo said Suárez lived with her and worked in construction with his stepfather.
He informed her on Saturday evening that his girlfriend was expecting the couple’s first child and shared the positive pregnancy test via text message.
“My son was a good person and he didn’t deserve the way they killed him,” she said.