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Cartel Lake: Widow of David Hartley not surprised after another victim murder on Falcon Lake

December 28, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel Lake: Widow of David Hartley not surprised after another victim murder on Falcon Lake

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Widow of David Hartley not surprised after another person is murdered on Falcon Lake.

A fisherman in Texas was shot and killed on Falcon Lake that borders with Mexico, in the same place where American tourist David Hartley was executed six years ago by the infamous Mexican drug cartel known as Los Zetas.

As JammedUp News reported, Oscar Garza was fatally shot on Falcon Lake, which sits on the border of Texas and Nuevo Leon in Mexico, and is the home of the notorious and violent drug cartel.

The 26-year-old was fishing with his friend, 21-year-old Javier Gonzalez when they were approached by another boat. The attackers began opening fire and Garza was killed instantly.

Gonzalez managed to escape in the boat before jumping into the lake to try and hide from the killers. He survived and was brought to a local hospital where he was treated for hypothermia.

The 26-year-old was fishing with his friend Javier Gonzalez, 21, when they were confronted by another boat, authorities say.

The shooting is quite similar to the killing of another American citizen in the same place six years back.

Tiffany Hartley, 29, and her husband David, 30, went jet-skiing on the lake when they were attacked. David Hartley was struck in the head with a bullet by the cartel and was killed at the scene.

His wife was forced to leave her dying husband and run for her life. David’s body was never recovered.

“Here we go again,” Tiffany Hartley told CBS Denver after news of the latest fatal shooting spread. “My heart goes out to them because I know exactly what they are going through.”

Tiffany Hartley said she could not pull her husband on to her jet ski and had to leave him lying face down in the water as she fled the gunshots

Hartley’s murder investigation was a dealt a blow in October 2010 when Mexico’s head investigator, Rolando Flores, was dismembered. Flores’ severed head was transported in a suitcase to a military post near the Texas border.

Two years after the vicious killings, police arrested Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, a Zetas cartel leader who also goes by the name “Commander Squirrel,” believed to be responsible for the murders.

Escobedo has also been linked to various crimes, including the escape of 151 inmates from a Nuevo Laredo jail in 2010, and the retreat of 131 prisoners in Piedras Negras in 2012.

The Mexican Navy revealed in a statement: “Squirrel is credited with being the mastermind of the deaths of 72 undocumented migrants in San Fernando. [He] is the alleged perpetrator of the narco graves found in Tamaulipas, with more than 200 bodies and the execution of more than 50 people by his hand, [as well as] the murder of David Hartley, an American killed at Falcon Dam on September 30, 2010.”

Texas fisherman Oscar Garza (right) has been shot dead on the same lake on the border with Mexico, where American tourist David Hartley (left) was murdered six years ago

It is not yet apparent whether the dangerous Zetas cartel is responsible the latest execution.

However, video footage from a Border Patrol aerostat should reveal whether the shooting transpired on the Mexican or U.S. side, and where the gunmen went after the dispute.

Falcon Lake is a popular tourist spot, but Hartley maintains that is also an important territory for the drug cartel.

“That’s how they get their drugs over to the U.S., so anyone who is in their way — they’re going to kill them,” Hartley stated. “That’s what we were doing. We were just jet-skiing and enjoying the lake.”

Hartley also added that she never got her husband’s body back after he was killed. Unable to find closure, she said she still feels “stuck.”

“It’s very emotional, and it’s very draining, and it’s hard to continue. I can’t move forward,” she added.

Texas Rangers, border control, and the Zapata County Sheriff’s are collaborating to investigate the murder.

Law enforcement officials say Falcon Lake has been the subject of drug-related disorder for years.

Last week, Mexican authorities recovered over 6,000 pounds of marijuana in the area.

Border Patrol agents contacted Mexican officials after they noticed men on the Mexican bank loading bundles of marijuana onto a boat. The drugs were seized soon after.

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