A group of students, all minors, were shot and killed by the Mexican Army after having been pursued as they traveled aboard a white Ram truck on the Reynosa-Nuevo Laredo highway.
It was Wednesday around 2:00 PM when, according to witnesses and relatives, a group of at least 4 teenagers dressed in their school uniforms left their school, General Fran. Mugica high school.
Soldiers gaurding the area of the shooting said that the occupants of the pick-up truck were acting suspiciously when warning shots were fired to stop the vehicle, but apparently the students chose to flee. After a brief chase soldiers overtook the pickup and more shots were fired into the vehicle.
The chase ended at Estacion Anzalduas where the students resided.
Three deaths were confirmed at the site of the shooting. According to information from El Universal, the dead were identified by relatives as Daniel Hernandez age 13, Cesar Cuellar age 15 and Alejandro Eduardo Cuellar the driver of the pickup and 17 years of age.
There were differing accounts of 1 or 2 surviving passengers of the vehicle taken away from the area by the military. At the site a woman who identified herself to be mother of one of the occupants was in tears as she complained that the soldiers threatened her and did not let her go see her son.
The road was blocked for several hours as the soldiers waited for the civil authorities and evidence gathering team to arrive which caused a major traffic stoppage on the main road paralleling the border with the U.S.
Although the incident took place late on Wednesday so far there has been no official version of the events reported by the military. The causes of the chase, the number of surviving youths detained, or if they were armed all remains unknown.