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McAllen Man Shot and Likely Killed on Falcon Lake
KRGV ^ | September 30, 2010

Posted on 09/30/2010 4:04:30 PM PDT by La Lydia

ZAPATA - Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, Jr. tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS armed pirates shot at a McAllen couple on Falcon Lake this afternoon. The husband and wife were jetskiing near Old Guerrero. One their way back to shore, pirates in a boat pulled up next to them and started shooting at them. The husband was hit, possibly in the head. The woman tried to save him and ended up being at shot as well. She had to turn around and leave her husband in the water. She fears he's dead.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Mexico; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; drugtraffickers; falconlake; humansmugglers; mexico; piracy; pirates; sovereignty; zapatacounty
This was bound to happen, given what has been going on at that lake. Flacon Lake is on the Mexican border.
1 posted on 09/30/2010 4:04:31 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
A real president would be sending the Texas Rangers across the border to fix this problem once and for all. But our metrosexual CIC doesn't have it in him.
2 posted on 09/30/2010 4:07:03 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: La Lydia

Janet Napolitano will go after the wife for exporting targets into Mexico.


3 posted on 09/30/2010 4:07:16 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: La Lydia

Obama will apologize to Mexico soon, I am sure.


4 posted on 09/30/2010 4:07:19 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualProsperity
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To: La Lydia

Eh, we can absorb it.


5 posted on 09/30/2010 4:08:59 PM PDT by j.argese (Liberal thought process = oxymoron)
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To: La Lydia

The US has already pretty much ceded the lake to the bad guys


6 posted on 09/30/2010 4:12:30 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: La Lydia

Illegal Alien Amnesty is Anti-American Bigotry.

Politicans in both parties are responsible....the border needs to be secured and all Illegal Aliens need to be deported...criminal illegals need to be shot

Prayers to this man’s family.


7 posted on 09/30/2010 4:13:48 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (They don't let you build churches in Mecca)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Not usually one to indulge in the culture wars personally, I'd have to say you owe metrosexuals an apology.
8 posted on 09/30/2010 4:14:06 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: La Lydia; SwinneySwitch

*ping*


9 posted on 09/30/2010 4:14:41 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: La Lydia; Lorianne; Wage Slave; HushTX; HoustonCurmudgeon; Bad~Rodeo; Cindy; laotzu; ...

PING!)))

If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.


10 posted on 09/30/2010 4:21:50 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Mexico - beyond your expectations.)
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To: La Lydia

A governor with balls would send armed National Guardsmen (with actual ammo and liberal rules of engagement) to this place.

Waiting.....


11 posted on 09/30/2010 4:24:06 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

B U M P


12 posted on 09/30/2010 4:31:31 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: TexasFreeper2009

The Rangers are State and they are already being deployed by Perry.


13 posted on 09/30/2010 4:31:46 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Tailback

They have to come back from Afganistan now don’t they?


14 posted on 09/30/2010 4:33:03 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Tailback
It gets better: The sheriff doesn't even dare go out in the lake to look for the victim ... from another story:

"(the sheriff) said he has contacted the consulate in Mexico to ask them to look for the man.

"The shooting happened at Falcon Lake, where state officials earlier this year warned boaters that pirates were patrolling the waters. The 60-mile long lake was formed by construction of a dam on the Rio Grande that was dedicated in 1953 by then Mexican President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower."

15 posted on 09/30/2010 4:34:22 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

This murder is fully approved by Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson. If you think murders like this are wrong you are a racist!


16 posted on 09/30/2010 4:42:30 PM PDT by gore_sux (Al Franken - Preferred by Minnesota Educated Somali Pirates and Suicide Bombers Everywhere)
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To: La Lydia
VIVA ZAPATA!

Two frito banditos are on the loose in the frontier town of Zapata, Texas. See Marlon Obama as Emilio Zapata and Anthony Geithner as Pancho Villa as they raid the banks and the rancheros of rich Texans to redistribute to the poor peons across the border. Coming soon to a teatro near you. Check your pistoles at the door.

Leni

17 posted on 09/30/2010 4:48:06 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Are any Americans better off than they were 4 trillion dollars ago?)
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To: Marty62
The Rangers are Texas Law Enforcement. If they were given a chance to clean up that situation at the lake, it would be fixed pronto.

"One riot, one Ranger"

The problem is that the lake is on an international boundary. The boundary is controlled by a bi-lateral commission, and the Mexicans have veto power over what we do. Both governments could and should jointly police that lake. Or the Mexicans should agree that we do it. They know it is hotbed of drug smuggling, and all they have done is warn the law-abiding of both countries to say away, instead of going in there and asserting authority.

18 posted on 09/30/2010 4:49:23 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: TexasFreeper2009
A real president would be sending the Texas Rangers across the border to fix this problem once and for all. But our metrosexual CIC doesn't have it in him.

Our pansy-ass CIC privately celebrates this sort of thing.

19 posted on 09/30/2010 4:50:30 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: MinuteGal

Zapata operated out of the state of Morelos south of Mexico City.


20 posted on 09/30/2010 4:51:48 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez said the couple had crossed to the Mexican side when they came under a spray of bullets by two boatloads of men. The man, 30, was shot in the head and his wife said she fears he is dead.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7226308.html


21 posted on 09/30/2010 4:58:58 PM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting begins OCT. 18, 2010 (vote early and often)
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To: La Lydia; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

Ping!


22 posted on 09/30/2010 4:59:38 PM PDT by HiJinx (I can see November from my front porch - and Mexico from the back.)
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To: La Lydia
If this couple was in the Old Guerrero area then they had definetly crossed the borden into Mexico. Risky business on Falcon.


23 posted on 09/30/2010 5:04:27 PM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting begins OCT. 18, 2010 (vote early and often)
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To: La Lydia; All

Pirates threaten boats on US-Mexico border lake - May 29, 2010
http://www.prdailysun.com/?page=news.article&id=1275102843
ZAPATA, Texas — The waters of Falcon Lake normally beckon boaters with waterskiing and world-record bass fishing. But this holiday weekend, fishermen on the waters that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border are on the lookout for something more sinister: pirates.

Twice in recent weeks, fishermen have been robbed at gunpoint by marauders that the local sheriff says are “spillover” from fighting between rival Mexican drug gangs.

Boaters are concerned about their safety, and the president of the local Chamber of Commerce is trying to assure people that everything’s fine on the U.S. side of the lake.

At the fishing camp his family has owned for 50 years, Jack Cox now sleeps with a loaded shotgun at his feet and a handgun within reach.

In the American waters, Cox said, “you’re safer, but you’re not safe.” Mexican commercial fishermen regularly cross to set their nets illegally, why wouldn’t gunmen do the same? he asked.

Two weeks ago, the Texas Department of Public Safety warned boaters to avoid the international boundary that zig-zags through the lake, which is 25 miles long and 3 miles across at its widest point. Authorities also urged anyone on the water to notify relatives of their boating plans to aid law enforcement in case of trouble.

Since issuing the warning, most boats have stayed on the U.S. side.

“That’s a good indication. It means they’re getting the message,” Texas Parks and Wildlife Capt. Fernando Cervantes said Thursday as he patrolled with two other game wardens. “They’re still coming out, but they’re not going across.”

The border is marked by 14 partially submerged concrete towers that mark the Rio Grande’s path before the lake was created in 1954.

Game wardens and the U.S. Border Patrol watch over the lake but do not cross into Mexican waters, and no Mexican law enforcement is visible.

Men armed with assault rifles robbed fishermen on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake on April 30 and May 6. They traveled in the low-slung, underpowered commercial Mexican fishing boats that are familiar here. They asked for money, drugs and guns, and took what cash was available. No one was hurt.

A third incident happened a couple of days before the warning was issued, but Cervantes said the fishermen were able to escape without the thieves boarding their boat.

The attacks “were really unusual,” Cervantes said. “We had never seen it, and then they started up.”

Violence on the Mexican side of the lake has been climbing for several months.

A fractured partnership between the region’s dominant Gulf Cartel and its former enforcers, the Zetas, plunged many of the area’s Mexican border cities into violence. Police stations were attacked, officers killed and rolling gun battles between the gangs and with the Mexican military became commonplace.

“To me, this is spillover violence,” Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. said. “I don’t do the Chamber of Commerce talk. I talk reality.”

Still, the sheriff says, boaters should safe provided they stay on the American side.

Cox, 81, says it was only a matter of time before the violence from Mexico crept onto the water. And the idea that gunmen looking to score easy cash from fishermen would not cross the lake’s imaginary boundary doesn’t make sense, he said.

That perspective is what worries Chamber of Commerce President Paco Mendoza.

“What’s keeping our town alive is our lake,” Mendoza said. In recent years, drilling in the county’s oilfields has virtually stopped, and the wells are no longer producing like they once did. In those days, oilfield workers packed Zapata’s restaurants and hotels, he said.

So Zapata increasingly looks to the lake for economic growth. Five fishing tournaments are scheduled between now and July, and a few big ones are set for next year.

“As far as we know, all of our contracts are still in play,” Mendoza said.

Falcon Lake landed on the national map of fishing destinations after the 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, where bass-fishing world records were broken.

The pirate warning could hurt businesses that depend on the lake, “but anglers will continue to come to Falcon because of the great fishing,” Mendoza said.

Norma Amaya, who runs a tackle shop with her husband, insists there is plenty of good fishing in U.S. waters. She points to a photo taken in December of a woman holding a 13.2-pound bass and smiling broadly.

Amaya said her husband’s guide service had had a couple cancellations since the pirate warning, but they are still booked solid for next year’s peak season, which runs from December to March.

They’ve stopped selling Mexican fishing licenses because no one is fishing over there now. Robert Amaya stopped taking clients into Mexican waters back in March, when violence was peaking in Mexico.

“It is dangerous over there (in northern Mexico), I wouldn’t advise anyone to cross,” she said.

Norma Amaya said the reports of pirates “have been blown out of proportion. It’s probably just some hoodlums. I don’t think the cartels want the exposure.”

As he helped launch his cousin’s bass boat from Falcon Lake State Park, Ronnie Guerra said he hadn’t heard much about the pirates. But he knew enough to stay on his side of the lake.

“We already know what’s going on on the other side,” he said. “It’s been going on for a long time.”


24 posted on 09/30/2010 5:08:25 PM PDT by TSgt (Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho - 44th and current President of the United States)
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To: TSgt

Thanks, I still have that bookmarked from when it was posted here earlier this year. Now I’ll have it all in one place.


25 posted on 09/30/2010 5:10:53 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: re_nortex

Ping!


26 posted on 09/30/2010 5:13:33 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Mexico - beyond your expectations.)
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To: La Lydia

Thanks for posting these border updates. We all need to stay Vigilant.


27 posted on 09/30/2010 5:17:09 PM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: La Lydia

I moved from Texas many years ago, still have family there. I can’t believe the state govt isn’t taking care of business.

What has happened to the greatest state in America?


28 posted on 09/30/2010 5:24:47 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Gone Galt and loving it)
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To: TSgt

Your article says that (between May - July) there were 5 bass tournaments scheduled. Do you know if they actually happened since it is so dangerous on this lake?


29 posted on 09/30/2010 5:27:49 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Stay focused and determined. Our destination is NOVEMBER!!)
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To: SaxxonWoods

The problem is that the lake is on an international boundary. The boundary is controlled by a bi-lateral commission, and the Mexicans have veto power over what we do. Both governments could and should jointly police that lake. Or the Mexicans should agree that we do it. They know it is hotbed of drug smuggling, and all they have done is warn the law-abiding of both countries to say away, instead of going in there and asserting authority. And this has been going on for some time.


30 posted on 09/30/2010 5:36:22 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: submarinerswife

No clue.


31 posted on 09/30/2010 5:36:48 PM PDT by TSgt (Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho - 44th and current President of the United States)
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To: submarinerswife
Falcon Lake has been the site of multiple attacks on American citizens this year. This is the first known death.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/29/AR2010052903707.html?wprss=rss_world/northamerica

http://anglerinsider.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23221

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/state/pirates_now_ply_falcon_lake_94200254.html?showFullArticle=y

Discussed on FR some months ago.

32 posted on 09/30/2010 5:37:09 PM PDT by upstanding
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To: Marty62

Is Perry sending them across the border into Mexico? because that is what is necessary. I wasn’t sure if Perry needed federal permission to send them across the border into Mexico.


33 posted on 09/30/2010 5:39:20 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Texas Rangers? Hell, send in the Marines.


34 posted on 09/30/2010 5:42:18 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Not that I have heard. The Rangers are highly professional. And I’m sure they would not violate International Law, unlike the Mexicans.


35 posted on 09/30/2010 5:42:47 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Marty62
I remember reading stories about the Rangers going across the border and fighting with the Mexican desperado's back in the day.
36 posted on 09/30/2010 5:56:44 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: La Lydia

Wow


37 posted on 09/30/2010 6:33:21 PM PDT by Ladycalif ("If you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one." Jesus)
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To: La Lydia
Time for some new *don't leave home without it* accessaries for your boat.
38 posted on 10/01/2010 12:25:19 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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