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An American missionary couple who had dedicated their lives to the spreading of the gospel for nearly forty years in Mexico were ambushed on Wednesday by gunman in a black truck near the city of San Fernando, Mexico, according to the Pharr Police Department in Texas.
Tragically, the 59-year-old wife, Nancy Davis, was wounded in the head and lost her life about 90 minutes later, according to numerous news reports.
The couple had ministered in Mexico since the 1970′s and were affiliated with the Gospel Proclaimers mission.
According to the couple’s ministry newsletter, this was not the first time they had encountered potentially violent circumstances.
The U.S. Department of State recently issued travel warnings for highways leading into the area where Davis was killed.
“The United States Consulate General in Matamoros advises U.S. citizens who are traveling in Tamaulipas of an increase in armed carjackings on highways in this state,” the U.S. Consulate General’s office stated on November 12, 2010. “In particular, numerous U.S. citizens have reported that their vehicles were stolen along the highway that links Cd. Victoria to San Fernando (Carretera Federal 101) and near the split of the highway north of the San Fernando where the road leads northeast to Matamoros (Carretera Federal 101) and northwest to Reynosa (Mexico 97). Multiple carjackings have been reported near the towns of San German, La Loma, and Santa Teresa, which are located between San Fernando and Matamoros on Carretera Federal 101, about 50 miles south of the border.”
The travel alert described the tactics used by those who were ambushing American travelers.
“Victims all reported being pulled over or cut off by one or more vehicles and then being threatened by firearms. While there have been some reports of injuries, the majority of victims were not physically harmed during the robbery. The number of perpetrators and the types of vehicles they were driving have varied, but the assailants are generally described as a group of young men or teenagers in civilian, all-black, or camouflage clothing. Many of the carjackings lasted less than two minutes. Some of the victims were left with the personal belongings in their pockets, but others also had their wallets, cell phones, and travel documents stolen.”
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