REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – The non-stop cartel violence in this border city has led to death squads scouring the area looking for their targets. Their victims will likely face a slow and torturous death or if they are lucky a quick execution in front of their families.
While in other parts of the world groups of cartel members kidnapping and executing individuals would be a major story, on the border cities of Reynosa and Matamoros the practice of the “levanton” or the quick grab has become a daily occurrence that is never reported on the local news outlets
The nightmare took place earlier last month, on a late Sunday night in the residential neighborhood called Jardines Del Pedregal or Stony Gardens. At night the streets in this city are deserted since the violence ended any resemblance of a night life years ago. The silence of what had been a quiet night ended when an all too familiar scene took place.