Drug gang kills pregnant embassy worker
Published 16/03/2010 | 05:00
Suspected Mexican drug cartel killers have shot dead a pregnant American consulate worker and her husband as they drove home with their baby from a children's birthday party.
Gunmen also murdered a Mexican man married to another member of the US consulate in the notoriously violent border city of Ciudad Juarez, wounding his two young children, in co-ordinated attacks that could signify a major escalation in the country's savage drug war.
US President Barack Obama said he was "outraged" by the murders and promised to "work tirelessly" with the Mexican government to bring the killers to justice. FBI agents were already in Juarez yesterday to offer assistance in the investigation.
One possibility is that the attacks were carried out in retaliation for the recent extradition of several Mexican drug lords to stand trial in the US.
The victims were killed in broad daylight on busy roads in the city. Lesley Enriquez (35) who was four months' pregnant, and her husband, Arthur Redelfs (34), a detention officer in the neighbouring Texan city of El Paso, were driving home from the house of another US consulate worker on Saturday afternoon.
Witnesses said the couple tried to elude their pursuers as they headed towards the bridge that leads into the US, but were halted at an intersection when a burst of high-calibre bullets sent their car veering into oncoming traffic.
Police found the couple dead from bullet wounds to the head and neck, while their baby daughter sat crying but unharmed in the back seat.
Minutes earlier, Salcido Ceniceros (37), who had been returning home from the same party, was shot dead in his car in another part of the city.
His children, aged four and seven, were injured and taken to hospital. Their mother, who worked at the consulate, had been following behind in another car.
Investigators believe the killings were carried out by a gang called Los Aztecas, which has links to the Juarez drug cartel. (© Daily Telegraph, London)