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Mexican authorities: Texas resident attending rodeo executed in border city of Piedras Negras

April 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities: Texas resident attending rodeo executed in border city of Piedras Negras

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Authorities in the Mexican border state of Coahuila have launched an investigation into the murder of a Texas man during a cavalcade near the border city of Piedras Negras.

The murder occurred in the rural area of San Isidro when an unidentified man approached Kennedy “El Kenne” Sandoval Garcia, 34, and opened fire, hitting the victim at least seven times at close range.

Immediately after, the hitman fled and witnesses at the scene could not identify the suspect, according to local reports.

Mexican authorities said Sandoval arrived at the rural community for a famous cavalcade and rodeo. Officials said it was during this event, in a place called La Nogalera, where the unidentified suspect murdered Sandoval.

Blurred image of a cartel execution victim identified as Kennedy Sandoval García, “El Kenne”, 34, a natualized U.S. citizen who resided in Texas

Breitbart Texas reported that Sandoval’s body had three bullet holes in the chest, indicating that the gunman missed the four additional shots.

Sandoval was a naturalized U.S. citizen who is believed not to have any legal sources of income. They noted that the victim’s alleged illegal activities are being investigated as a possible motive.

Piedras Negras and the rural area surrounding it are an important drug and human smuggling corridor utilized by cartels to reach San Antonio, Corpus Christi, or Houston. From Texas, couriers transport their products throughout the United States.

The poor border security in the area and the impunity with which criminals manage to work on the Mexican side of the border allow drug cartels, mainly the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN), who operate with impunity.

The presence of orgnized crime has resulted in an increase in narco-related murders tied to disputes between drug cartels.

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