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Gulf Cartel gunmen kill 7-Year-old boy during failed hijacking near the Texas Border

July 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Gulf Cartel gunmen kill 7-Year-old boy during failed hijacking near the Texas Border

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Gulf Cartel gunmen armed with assault rifles killed a seven-year-old boy during a carjacking gone wrong in the outskirts of the border city of Reynosa.

The murder of seven-year-old Omar Emiliano Vazquez occurred when he and his father, 42-year-old Jorge Vazquez were riding in a pickup on the highway that connects Reynosa with San Fernando.

According to El Manana, the family was coming home from working on their ranch.

In the Balcones area, a crew of cartel members riding in a Ford Focus pulled up next to them and attempted to force the family off the road in an attempted hijacking.

Gunmen tried to hijack the truck driven by the boy’s father.

The boy’s father sped to evade the gunmen. However, the maneuver turned deadly. The gunmen opened fire on the vehicle.

Although the family managed to flee from the killers, one of the bullets struck the seven-year-old boy in the head, which left him mortally wounded.

He was transferred to the nearest hospital where he later died.

Tamaulipas state police arrived on the scene but failed to locate the suspects involved in the fatal shooting death of Omar Emiliano Vazquez.

The boy’s father Jose Luis Martinez (pictured above) escaped unscathed.

The Gulf Cartel has a long reputation of targeting, extorting, abducting and killing innocent victims in the state of Tamaulipas.Gulf Cartel gunmen have carried out dozens of robberies and carjackings along the highways that connect Reynosa with Monterrey, Rio Bravo, and San Fernando.

Operatives have carried out dozens of robberies and carjackings along the highways connecting Reynosa with Monterrey, Rio Bravo, and San Fernando.

The security situation in Reynosa has rapidly deteriorated due to an escalating turf war between rival factions of the Gulf Cartel.

Almost daily shootouts involving convoys of heavily armed gunmen hunting for rivals has transformed the border city into a war zone.

The continuing bloodshed has led to almost 80 murders since May, forcing both groups to deploy additional gunmen and lookouts onto the streets.

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