The Americans included a mother and her two daughters who were returning to visit relatives in the region, known as the Huasteca, said an official in the neighboring state of Hidalgo, where the mother was born.
COMMENT: Hidalgo state regional assistant secretary Jorge Rocha identified the dead Americans as Maria Sanchez Hernandez, 39, of Fort Worth, TX, and her daughters, Karla, 19, and Cristina, 13. Rocha said all three held dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship. A 14-year-old Mexican nephew traveling with the three was also killed. Three other Mexican citizens were killed in the attacks on the three buses.
Fortunately, the five gunmen who allegedly carried out the bus attacks were later shot and killed by Mexican soldiers.
This tragedy is a chilling reminder of the risks travelers face when traveling by bus not only in Mexico, but throughout Central America.