The drug cartel demanded Don Alejo Garza Tamez surrender his property.
The 77 year-old rancher fought them to his death instead.
The mob demanded Nov. 13 Don Alejo Garza Tamez surrender his property. The 77 year old man refused and barricaded himself in his farm. He killed 4 and wounded 2 terrorists.
Milenio Mexico 11/22/2010
(Translated from Spanish)
(Monterrey) The cartel demanded Don Alejo Garza Tamez surrender his property. The 77 year old man refused and barricaded himself in his farm, killing 4 of them and wounding 2 bombers.
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When Mexican Marines arrived at the ranch outside of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, they saw a bleak scenario with the main house half destroyed by gunfire and grenades. Outside were four dead bodies and two unconscious wounded subjects. Inside there was only one body, Don Alejandro, owner and timber businessman. Inspection found weapons and ammunition at all the doors and windows. In the end, they found the man had designed his own defense strategy to fight alone. On Nov. 13, a group of men had told him he had 24 hours to deliver his property to them. With almost 8 decades of life, he told them he would not give them his property, and would be there waiting, he said flatly. He told his employees not to come to work the next day, and spent the night preparing. At 4am, they came. After a violent gunfight where the farmer seemed to be everywhere, they tried grenades against him. After several of them were killed and a quick reconnaissance, they chose to leave as they believed the military would soon arrive.
Shortly after the Marines arrived, and slowly, patiently reconstructed the events, they found just a rancher, a man who loved his property more than anything in the world and literally defended it to the death. In the last hunt of his life, Don Alejo surprised the group of assassins who wanted to impose the law of the jungle on his ranch. These Marines will never forget the scene: a 77 year old man swept away four gunmen before he died fighting as the best soldier, with dignity, honor and courage.
Rest in peace Don Alejo Garza Tamez.