U.S. missionary in Mexico fatally shot
Police say Nancy and Sam Davis' truck was shot at by men in a black pickup.
January 26th, 2011
09:59 PM ET

U.S. missionary in Mexico fatally shot

An American missionary was fatally shot in Mexico on Wednesday, police said.

The preliminary investigation indicated that Nancy Davis, 59, and her husband were traveling on a Mexican highway near the city of San Fernando, Mexico, when they were confronted by gunmen in a black pickup, the Pharr Police Department in Texas said in a statement.

San Fernando is south of the border city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state.

"The gunmen were attempting to stop them and the victims accelerated in efforts of getting away from them," the police statement said. "At a certain point the gunmen discharged a weapon at the victim's vehicle and a bullet struck the victim Nancy Shuman Davis on the head."

Davis' husband, identified as Sam Davis by family friends, drove their truck "at high rate of speed" to the Pharr International Bridge, which crosses the Rio Grande. Nancy Davis was taken to a hospital in nearby McAllen, where she was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    mexico is such a nice place..

    January 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • HernandezUSA

      http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html#safety

      January 27, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paul

    the azure blue waters and white cool sands surrounding the ancient mayan ruins at Telum Mexico are breathtaking...

    January 27, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • HernandezUSA

      And the blood of innocent people runs like water.

      STAY OUT of Mexico until they get themselves under control.

      Keep the illegals out of the United States so the death and destruction doesn't follow them....oh wait its already started.

      January 27, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Breathtakin is right ,and pulse takin, blood takin...

    January 27, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    Mexico will never be under law control. The law is too weak. The prosecution rate is too low. They know where these monsters are, but do nothing. There is too much corruption. Worst of all, they do not have the death penalty to rid Mexico of its worthless trash.

    January 27, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sad

    Who needs laws. Here in the US we have laws about illegal immigration but we just ignore them. You reap what you sow.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kathy Pyfer

    This is a very unusual event in Mexico. It is generally very safe for tourists, if you take the same precautions you would take in any foreign country or US big city. We, and all our friends live here either year around or all winter, and none of us have had any problems, nor have we heard of any.

    January 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tara Masters

    Nancy was an amazing woman and she will be greatly missed!!

    January 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |