Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican border cities of Reynosa and Matamoros to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the Gulf Cartel if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Matamoros’ “JA Espinoza.”
MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas – State and local authorities in this border city are working together to investigate the murder of a former Mexican soldier who was a key member in the security detail of Matamoros Mayor Leticia Salazar Vasquez.
It has been close to a week since authorities found the body of the bodyguard who had been stabbed 20 times; he has since been identified as Arcelio Ramirez, a member of the mayor’s elite security detail.
He was described as being around 40-years-old and a former Mexican soldier who had recently been assigned as a bodyguard to the Salazar family.
Earlier this year, as reported by Breitbart Texas, Salazar herself was the target of a failed assassination attempt. A team of cartel gunmen tried to ambush her but she was able to flee to safety. Tamaulipas authorities dismissed the attempt claiming that the cartel gunmen had mistaken her security convoy for that of a rival cartel.
As part of the ongoing security strategy in Tamaulipas, this week, law enforcement officials at the state, local and federal level gathered to discuss the murder and other security issues in the area.
Authorities in this border city have remained quiet in regards to the murder of the bodyguard. Official information gathered from the state prosecutor’s office has been scarce. However, the available information revealed Ramirez’ was found in a pool of blood with stab wounds all over his body.
The man was found last week a short distance from a local hotel in the Amado Nervo neighborhood on the city’s south side
Authorities noted that the Ramirez had dark skin and had been wearing blue jeans, a red shirt, and black shoes. Investigators counted 20 separate stab wounds in the body.
Preliminary information provided by prosecutors points to a violent crime but one that is not related to a vendetta by Mexican organized crime. However, since Ramirez was a bodyguard for Salazar, the case remains under investigation with little additional information.
The murder has not been reported by local news outlets in this border city. It has only been mentioned in social media outlets. In this border city, these types of crimes provide further evidence about the ongoing media censure where certain topics such as murders and violence are only briefly reported on if they are mentioned at all.