January 26, 2011
Breaking: American Missionary, Nancy Shuman Davis, Fatally Shot in Mexico
(CNN) -- An American missionary was fatally shot in Mexico on Wednesday, police said.Sam Davis and family are in our thoughts and prayers.
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.
May Nancy Shuman Davis RIP
Update: MySA(SanAntonio) has more background on Mr & Mrs Davis
Update II: TheMonitor: Pharr police release new details in fatal shooting of missionary in Mexico
PHARR — A police officer watched the blue Chevrolet pickup truck speed against traffic toward the checkpoint at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge shortly after noon Wednesday.
Inside was Sam Davis and his wife, Nancy, who was still alive after suffering a gunshot to her head about 70 miles south of the Rio Grande, police said.
Police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers called an ambulance, which rushed the 59-year-old missionary to McAllen Medical Center. She died at 1:54 p.m. Wednesday.
The rural Monte Alto couple worked as missionaries in Mexico for more than three decades.
“We’re glad he was able to get to our bridge and we were able to get the medical assistance for his spouse,” Pharr Police Chief Ruben Villescas said. “However, this tragically ended with a perishing end.”
h/t Mean Kitteh
Update III: A video was uploaded to YouTube: Sam and Nancy Davis singing at Christian Chapel: