Three buses traveling through the Mexican state of Veracruz were attacked by 5 gunmen on Thursday. Authorities believe that it was part of a violent robbery spree.
The shooting victims included a woman and her two daughters who had traveled from the United States to visit relatives in Mexico. The Washington Post has identified the victims as Maria Sanchez Hernandez, 39, of Fort Worth, Texas, and her two daughters as Karla, 19, and Cristina, 13.
The gunmen had already killed 4 other people earlier in the day before the attacks on the buses. Soldiers were later able to locate the gunmen, who were then shot and killed.
According to Reuters, more than 45,000 people have died as victims of drug cartel related violence in Mexico since Dec. 2006.
The U.S. Consulate General has warned Americans to heed caution when traveling to Veracruz, which is located in eastern Mexico along the Gulf coast.