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77-Year-Old Mexican Ranch Owner Dies Defending Home from Cartel Gunmen

Old 11-23-10, 06:32 PM
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77-Year-Old Mexican Ranch Owner Dies Defending Home from Cartel Gunmen

When Don Alejo Garza Tamez was told to hand over his ranch to the cartel within 24 hours or face the consequences he refused. He told them he would be waiting for them. Those that knew him said this Rancher was known for keeping his word.

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When Mexican Marines arrived at the San Jose Ranch, 15 kilometers from Victoria, Tamaulipas, the scene was bleak: The austere main house was practically destroyed by grenades and heavy gunfire.

Outside of the home, they found four bodies. Cautiously, and with their weapons drawn, the troops continued inspecting the exterior and found two more gunmen, wounded and unconscious, but alive.

Inside the house only one body was found, riddled with bullets and with two weapons by it's side. The body was identified as Don Alejo Garza Tamez, the owner of the ranch and a highly respected businessman in Nuevo Leon.

Upon further inspection of the interior, marines found weapons and ammunition at every window and door. This allowed them to reconstruct how, just hours prior, the battle had played out.

Marines searched for more bodies inside the house, but none were to be found. It seemed hard to believe that one person, armed only with hunting rifles, had caused so many casualties on the attackers.
Dozens of spent shells and the smell of gunpowder gave proof of the tenacity of the man who fought to the end in defense, of not only his ranch, but his dignity.

In the end, it was deduced the man had created his own defense strategy to fight alone, placing weapons at every door and window.

The story began in the morning of Saturday November 13, when a group of armed gunmen went to deliver an ultimatum to Don Alejo Garza Tamez: He had 24 hours to turn over his property or suffer the consequences.
Using the diplomacy he had acquired over nearly eight decades of life, Don Alejo flatly announced that not only would he not be surrendering his property, but that he'd be waiting for them.
When the men had left, Don Alejo gathered his workers and ordered them to take Sunday off, he wanted to be alone.

He dedicated the rest of Saturday to taking stock of his weapons and ammunition and creating a military fortress style defense strategy for his home.

The night of Saturday the thirteenth was long and restless, much like his past hunting adventures; Don Alejo woke early. Shortly after 4 a.m. the motors of various trucks could be heard entering the property from a distance.

Marines who investigated the scene could only imagine how it was that morning: armed men, their impunity secured, confident they'd soon be owners of yet another property. Nobody, or almost no one, could hold out against a group of heavily armed gunmen. Only Don Alejo.

The trucks entered the ranch and took up positions surrounding the house. The gunmen got out of their trucks, fired shots in the air, and announced they came to take possession of the ranch. They were expecting the terrified occupants to run out, begging for mercy with their hands in the air.

But things didn't go as expected. Don Alejo welcomed them with bullets; the entire army of gunmen returned fire. Don Alejo seemed to multiply, he seemed to be everywhere. The minutes would have seemed endless to those who had seen him as easy prey. Various gunmen were killed on sight. The others, in rage and frustration, intensified the attack by swapping out their assault rifles for grenades.

When everything finally fell silent, the air was left heavy with gunpowder. The holes left in the walls and the windows attested to the violence of the attack. When they went in search of what they had assumed was a large contingent, they were surprised to find only one man, Don Alejo.

The surviving gunmen did not take over the ranch. Thinking the military would arrive at any moment, they decided to run. They left behind what they thought were six corpses, but two of their gunmen had survived.

Shortly after, the Marines arrived and methodically reconstructed the events. A lone rancher, a man who worked a lifetime to be able to enjoy the fruits of his labor such as his ranch, had defended it to his death.

In the last hunt of his life, Don Alejo surprised the group of assassins who wanted to impose the same law on his ranch that they had on the State, the law of the jungle.

The marines who were present will never forget the scene: a 77 year old man, who before death, took out four gunmen, fighting the same as the best soldiers: with dignity, courage, and honor.
Rest in Peace Don Alejo Garza Tamez

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Nice to know there are still a few men left in the world.
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Soon to be a new movie starring Clint Eastwood.
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Sean Connery played a convincing Spaniard in Highlander... Maybe it'd be better if he did the movie.

Man... anyone know an actor that could pull this off?
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That's pretty badass
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It is hard to imagine how Mexico has allowed itself to become what it is. Or maybe that it has allowed itself to continue to be what it is.
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Why is this in politics (not trolling, I'm really wondering)?
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It is hard to imagine how Mexico has allowed itself to become what it is. Or maybe that it has allowed itself to continue to be what it is.


Yeah it's their fault.

Maybe they should institute a drug war and rid themselves of drugs and crime?
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Originally Posted by fujishig View Post
Why is this in politics (not trolling, I'm really wondering)?
Well, the forum's title is "Politics and World Events", and I considered this to fall under the "world events" part.
If I'm mistaken, the mods could just move this to the otter forum.
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Holy cow, that's noble.
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Originally Posted by I.Flores View Post
Well, the forum's title is "Politics and World Events", and I considered this to fall under the "world events" part.
If I'm mistaken, the mods could just move this to the otter forum.
Ah, good point, my mistake.

What's amazing to me is that there was no legal entity he could go to for help, he had to do it all himself. And if they had killed him quickly, would they then just have been able to take over the land, since the marines wouldn't have gotten involved? What's the criteria in mexico for the army/marines to get involved?
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It sucks he died, but at least he didn't cave.
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Nice to know there are still a few men left in the world.
He's dead, Jim.
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If I was his age, I probably would have done the same thing.

I wonder how Weston from burn notice would have handled this?
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It sucks he died, but at least he didn't cave.
Do you think his family would rather have him or the ranch?

What really sucks is that law enforcement in Mexico is so ineffectual that Don Alejo couldn't rely on them to defend his property or his life.
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He's dead, Jim.


Indeed.
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Yeah it's their fault.

Maybe they should institute a drug war and rid themselves of drugs and crime?
It's not Mexico's fault that Mexico sucks? Okay.....It is hard to imagine how Trinidad and Tobago has allowed Mexico to become what it is. Or maybe that they (or someone other place that we can use as a scapegoat for the condition in Mexico) have allowed itself to continue to be what it is.
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It's not Mexico's fault that Mexico sucks? Okay.....It is hard to imagine how Trinidad and Tobago has allowed Mexico to become what it is. Or maybe that they (or someone other place that we can use as a scapegoat for the condition in Mexico) have allowed itself to continue to be what it is.
Trinidad and Tobago? Please, you know there is only 1 country to blame for Mexico's ills.
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It's not Mexico's fault that Mexico sucks? Okay.....It is hard to imagine how Trinidad and Tobago has allowed Mexico to become what it is. Or maybe that they (or someone other place that we can use as a scapegoat for the condition in Mexico) have allowed itself to continue to be what it is.
You know the soapy, dirty water left over after giving a hog a bath?

That's what I just quoted.
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It's not Mexico's fault that Mexico sucks? Okay.....It is hard to imagine how Trinidad and Tobago has allowed Mexico to become what it is. Or maybe that they (or someone other place that we can use as a scapegoat for the condition in Mexico) have allowed itself to continue to be what it is.
Come on, you're not this obtuse.
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Blame Canada!
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Hold on, are we (meaning you guys) blaming America for Mexico sucking?
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hold on, are we (meaning you guys) blaming america for mexico sucking?
yes
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It's a good thing Mexico does not have a domestic consumption issue.
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yes
Shouldn't we just blame Mexico's mother and get a hug therapist in?
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