Friday, January 28, 2011

AMERICA: MEXICO: 59 YEAR OLD MISSIONARY- NANCY DAVIS- KILLED

CATHOLIC ONLINE REPORT: Missionary and husband tried to outrun gunmen in Reynosa

Fifty-nine-year-old American missionary Nancy Davis has been fatally shot in Mexico. Authorities say that Davis and her husband were traveling on a Mexican highway near the city of San Fernando when they were confronted by gunmen in a black pickup, south of the border city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state.

Authorities say that missionary Nancy Davis and her husband were traveling on a Mexican highway near the city of San Fernando when they were confronted by gunmen in a black pickup, south of the border city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state.

Authorities say that missionary Nancy Davis and her husband were traveling on a Mexican highway near the city of San Fernando when they were confronted by gunmen in a black pickup, south of the border city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Fifty-nine-year-old American missionary Nancy Davis has been fatally shot in Mexico. Authorities say that Davis and her husband were traveling on a Mexican highway near the city of San Fernando when they were confronted by gunmen in a black pickup, south of the border city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state.

According to the Pharr Police Department in Texas, "the gunmen were attempting to stop them and the victims accelerated in efforts of getting away from them. 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, Sam Davis drove their truck "at high rate of speed" to the Pharr International Bridge, which crosses the Rio Grande. Nancy Davis was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are assisting in the investigation.

The Mexican Interior Ministry says they are investigating the incident "for the purpose of clarifying the facts and act accordingly to punish the person or persons responsible."

Merton Rundell, a professor in the missions department at Indiana's Union Bible College & Academy and a family friend, told CNN the couple had lived in Mexico since the 1970s and worked with the Gospel Proclaimers mission in Mexico.

Longtime friend Maryanne Wheeler, who worked with the Davises in the 1990s, said Nancy Davis' death was a great loss.

"They breathed Mexico," Wheeler said. "That's their love.

"For 40 years she has gone around Mexico, trying to be there as a nurse, a friend, as a spiritual adviser and has loved them. They lost the best," she said. "They had a petite lady who had the tenacity of a bulldog and was there for you."

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