Matamoros Mayor Helping Bus Victims' Families

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 9:22am

The city of Matamoros took a proactive approach yesterday and has decided to help hundreds of family members identify their loved ones as easy as possible.

“It’s in the best interest of the city to help them as much as possible. We’re helping with stay, meals and counseling. I believe it's the least we can do for those families are suffering and going through a very difficult time.”

Matamoros Mayor, Alfonso Sanchez Garza, tells us they're helping about 140 families from all over the state of Tamaulipas and other areas of Mexico. He believes more families are expected to arrive soon.

The number of victims found in mass graves near San Fernando has risen to nearly 130. Mexican officials believe the victims were traveling in buses and were headed to the U.S. border.

After learning about the massacre, the U.S. consulate office in Matamoros issued an advisory, warning U.S. citizens against traveling through Tamaulipas. They say people should avoid traveling by bus or car. But the Matamoros Mayor says people in the Valley should not be afraid to visit his city.

“People should trust not only people in Matamoros but our neighbors in Brownsville and surrounding cities. Matamoros is peaceful. That’s why it was decided to send the bodies to the city because Matamoros is tranquil. It’s a city that'll guarantee the safety for the victims' families.”

The mayor continues to stress that his city is safe to visit and everyone should not fear when crossing.

Officials are asking anyone who's loved one went missing in Mexico, to call: 1-800-831-3169.

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