PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — Authorities from this border state are investigating the execution of a Texas man during a cavalcade near this border city.
The murder took place in rural San Isidro when an unidentified man approached 34-year-old Kennedy “El Kenne” Sandoval Garcia and shot him at least seven times with a 9mm handgun. Immediately after, the hitman fled; witnesses at the event were not able to identify him. Sandoval arrived at the rural community for a popular cavalcade and rodeo. It was during this event, in a place called La Nogalera, where the hitman killed Sandoval.
According to information provided to Breitbart Texas by state authorities, Sandoval’s body had three bullet wounds in the chest, indicating the gunman missed the four other shots. Sandoval was a naturalized U.S. citizen believed to not have any legal sources of income, investigators revealed. They added that the victim’s alleged illicit activities are being looked at as a possible motive.
Piedras Negras and the rural regions surrounding it are an important drug and human smuggling corridor used by cartels to reach San Antonio, Corpus Christi, or Houston and from there, move their products throughout the U.S. The lack of border security in the area and the impunity with which criminals operate on the Mexican side of the border allow criminal organizations, mainly the Northeastern Cartel (CDN), to operate. The presence of organized crime spiked executions tied to drug trafficking disputes.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León 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 “J.M. Martinez” from Coahuila.