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"The Military Killed my Two Boys"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 |

The mother of the two children killed by the military calls for justice and seeks support for her husband who suffered an injury to his hand from a gunshot.

Some people sent me the links to some of the interviews from the mother of the two boys killed by the military, here is one of them from Universal.

In the state of Tamaulipas - Cintya Salazar, mother of two children who were killed by  Mexican army troops during a checkpoint as they traveled on their way to Matamoros, demanded an explanation from the government as to why the military shot at them on that day. "It was a horrible thing, horrible, never in my life will I ever forget what they did to me."

The Secretary of Sate (Segob) said that the death of Bryan, 5, and Martin Salazar, 9, occurred during a confrontation between military forces and presumed sicarios. However, Salazar Cintya disputes that version, she said there was no such crossfire.

In an interview with reporter Denise Maerker, Salazar said that they were traveling in their SUV to enjoy a day at the beach, and in the vehicle it included; her husband, five children, her three girls and the two boys killed, her pregnant sister, her 3 month niece and eight year old nephew.

She said that when they saw the military checkpoint they rolled down their windows and slowed down the vehicle, so that the soldiers could see the family, "but the soldiers did not say anything to us, then I turned to see and saw that they were shooting at us with high caliber weapons.

"I was very surprised because they never signaled us to stop at the checkpoint ... All I did was tried to get a reaction from my husband, we then ran for the hills. All I wanted was to save my children, my three girls, my niece, my pregnant sister, my three month old nephew and my eight year old brother,“ she said.

"We tried to drive across the hills, but at the moment when they started shooting, the tires of the vehicle blew up and went flat, then the vehicle veered off of the road. Thank God we were not going very fast, because I thinnk we would have over turned."

"They just kept shooting at us"

"It is impossible for them not to have seen all the children running away but even though there were kids, they kept firing their weapons at us even as we tried to run away toward the mountain. I kept yelling at them to stop shooting. By the time I was able to get my son of five years old out of the vehicle, they killed him while he was still in my arms. I then shouted toward my husband, "Martin they killed Bryan," the only thing my husband could do was to reach out to me with one hand, because his other hand was torn from a gunshot. I then went back to the vehicle in attempts to save my other son, the one that was still inside the truck, and when I opened the door they threw a grenade inside."

Salazar said that they reached a ranch where they got help and later on, an ambulance arrived along with the Civil Protection. From there they took them to a hospital in Miguel Alemán. "What I need is an explanation as to why, because I know that there is nothing they can do that will bring back my children, but I need an explanation why ... Do you think if I had known they were going to do this (shoot at us) I was going to get even near? If I see a roadblock, I stop, because we have nothing to hide, in the contrary, I knew I had my family, I would have stopped.

"They should have done me a favor and shot us straight on to kill us all. Why just my two kids? I have three girls, they took away my only two boys."

Cintya Salazar had asked for federal aid to treat the injuries of her husband, who received a serious injury to his hand from the bullets of their weapons. "I need an answer, and punishment for those who did this to me."

Salazar Cintya mother of Martin and Bryan talks to with Carlos Urdiales calling for punishment for the guilty


Mtro. Granados Chapa, Cintya Salazar madre de #MartinyBryan: con Carlos Urdiales.-Pide que se castigue a los culpables sound bite

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6 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

DISCULPAS POR LO QUEW DIRE TODOS SABEMOS EN LA FRONTERA LOS CODIGOS CUANDO VEMOS UN RETEN SEAN MILITAR O DE LOS NARCOS, NOS DETENEMOS CON LAS INTERMITENTES PUESTAS Y VIDRIOS ABAJO SEA DIA O NOCHE, NUNCA ACELARAMOS NI VAMOS RECIO MOP USAMOS EL CLAXON Y AL MOMENTO DE DETENERMOS SACA LA MANOS EL CHOFER POR LA VENTANILLA, LA PREGUNTA ES CRUEL PERO EL PADRE DE LOS NIÑOS TENIA ESOS CONOCIMIENTOS, DOS PORQUE SALIR A PLAYA A MAS DE 300 KM LEJOS SI TODO MUNDO SABIA EN LA FRONTERA DESDE LE 23 DE FEBRERO DE LA GUERRA DE LOSM CARTELES ESTABA A TODO LO QUE DA ESAS SON MIS DUDAS GRACIQAS

Anonymous said...

Que poca madre no ay palabras para esta atrocidad.....

Anonymous said...

¿Que quieres decir Anonymous #1?: ...Quien le manda al papa de estos chiquitos viajar a Matamoros? ¿Quien le manda ser tan pendejo?

Que poca madre tenemos los que toleramos esto por tener miedo. La vida y el dolor que sufre esta familia nunca se justificara. No hay nada, nada, nada que les pueda reponer la inocencia y niñez (sin mencionar las vidas) de esos innocentes.

El Ejercito Mexicano, Gobierno Federal y el presidente Felipe Calderon verdaderamente tienen poca madre; y la poca que tienen es perra, ya que eso fue lo que pario.

No podemos controlar lo que hagan los perros de los carteles, pero es sumamente necesario que exijamos que nuestro ejercito asuma responsabilidad por la falta de entrenamiento, falta de delicadeza en escojer a los oficiales militares (que nomas dejan que sus soldaditos hagan lo que les de su gana; sin responsabilitarlos.)

Ahora hay otro cartel; este compuesto de militares impunes. Supuestamente con amor a la nacion; pero que la trata el como tipico macho mexicano trata a la mujer: con un revez de mano.

COBARDES.

Alejandro Rodriguez
Matamoros

Anonymous said...

que podemos decir la unica solucion la gente se tiene que armar.

Anonymous said...

There is no doubt of the truth of the mother in the interview above. The Mexican military checkpoints are manned by persons of the lowest level of education and intellectual capacity. The checkpoints are terrifying experiences where the slightest show of fear or confusion, as continuing to drive on slowly, as indicated by Ms. Salazar could certeinly result in the use of deadly force. The north of Mexico was relatively peaceful until the intrusion of the military. Criminal on crimanal biolence is more acceptable than the trampling of the rights of ordinary citizens by the military.

Anonymous said...

Aparecen mas camionetas en la escena del enfrentamiento. La mujer afirma que eran militares los que disparaban, cuantas fotos no han salido de sicarios vestidos en uniformes tipo militar?
Todo se basa en la historia de los afectados y una foto que estan mostrando del cuerpo de uno de los niños...no soy criminalista (ni ella tampoco) pero no me parece sea de bala la herida.
La gente hace tantas cosas por necesidad, igual puede ser uno de esos casos.

GGC

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