Texas National Guardsman Shot to Death in Mexico
Jose Gil Hernandez Ramirez was shot to death in Juarez by unidentifIed gunmen. (KTSM)
Authorities say a 21-year-old Texas National Guard soldier was one of two men killed on a street in the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Spokesman Arturo Sandoval of the Chihuahua state attorney general’s office says family members identified the soldier as 21-year-old Jose Gil Hernandez of El Paso.
The identity of the other man was not available, and details on the incident and the dead were few.
A message left with FBI El Paso spokesman Michael Martinez by The Associated Press on Wednesday night was not immediately returned. However, he told the El Paso Times that Hernandez was shot about 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Colonia Revolucion Mexicana in Ciudad Juarez.
Martinez told the newspaper that the FBI and the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division were trying to verify the details of the shooting. A message left Wednesday night with a spokeswoman at Fort Bliss, near El Paso, was not immediately returned. A terse statement issued by Fort Bliss on Wednesday afternoon said only that its investigators had not confirmed the identity of “the individual involved in the incident in Juarez.”
According to CNN– Juarez is Mexico’s bloodiest city, with more than 2,500 drug-related deaths reported this year. Nationwide, more than 28,000 people have died in drug violence since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon took office and started his stepped-up campaign against organized crime.