Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas and Coahuila 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 various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas 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 Ciudad Victoria’s “MA Navarro.”
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The recent execution of a top athlete at the state university in this city points to the ongoing fighting between rival factions of the Mexican Los Zetas drug cartel. Tamaulipas is the Mexican state immediately south of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and Laredo Sectors.
On Monday evening, a group of unknown gunmen opened fire on 23-year-old Luis Gerardo Gomez Garza and his girlfriend Vanessa Toledo as they were pulling into his home, information provided by the Tamaulipas government revealed.
Gomez Garza has been identified as the captain of the football team for the Roadrunner team from the Tamaulipas Autonomous University-UAT.
According to authorities, the gunmen had been staking out Gomez’s house for more than two hours before the victim and his girlfriend pulled up. The two had gone out to eat after Gomez had returned from a football game in the Mexican city of Guadalajara.
As the couple pulled up, the two gunmen went up to them and began firing–striking Gomez multiple times while hitting the woman once.
Tamaulipas authorities have publicly confirmed that in regards to the attack; robbery or carjacking are not a motive in the crime since the gunmen did not take any valuables. The college athlete ended up dying shortly after at a local hospital.
Moments after the attack, Los Zetas set up roadblocks in the neighboring areas in an effort to track down the gunmen. Local residents confirmed that they were stopped and questioned by the gunmen on Monday night during their commute.
Breitbart Texas has also confirmed that while the Los Zetas hunted down the assassins they guarded Toledo’s home in order to prevent another attack.
Breitbart Texas recently reported on the a split within Los Zetas in Ciudad Victoria which resulted in one faction getting help from the group in Nuevo Laredo. The infighting has resulted in a rash of executions some of which have been public as one faction of Los Zetas seeks to take out the other one.
The infighting resulted in the former number two top leader for Los Zetas in Ciudad Victoria having to flee to the Texas border in order to hide from his former allies. As reported by Breitbart Texas, Mexican authorities arrested the Zeta boss known as El Jonas near one of the international bridges in Matamoros, just south of the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas.