Photo: Travel Warning to Veracruz Mexico
Early in the morning of December 22, several vehicles, including three ordinary passenger buses, were attacked with gunfire in northern Veracruz state, resulting in several deaths. One of these buses was traveling on Highway 105 between the municipalities of Panuco and Tempoal.
The vicious attackes left eleven people dead including three U.S citizens, identified as Maria Sanchez Hernandez and her two daughters: Karla and Cristiana. All three held dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship and were traveling from their home in Fort Worth, Texas to visit relatives in Mexico. The gun men were eventually killed by Mexican authorities in a shoot-out.
The U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros reminds American citizens to exercise caution and remain vigilant when traveling in the State of Veracruz. American citizens residing in, visiting, or traveling through the northern portion of Veracruz that borders Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi should maintain a heightened sense of alert. Americans in this area should monitor local news and information to stay informed about situations that could affect their security. The Consulate General also reminds American citizens to avoid intercity road travel at night.