The gangs of Juárez kill four Eagle Ottawa workers in bus attack

Most of us have never heard of Eagle Ottawa co., however many of us come into contact with their product on a daily basis. The multi-national manufacturer is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and according to the company website:
Eagle Ottawa is the world’s largest supplier of premium automotive leather. Since 1865, we’ve consistently demonstrated our passion for leather making - in skilled craftsmanship, unparalleled artistry and a focus on innovation. By striving to create the best, most luxurious product possible through applications support, research, and development, Eagle Ottawa has become the standard for excellence and refinement.
Additionally, the commitment of our employees - to be the best in the world at what we do - has made Eagle Ottawa the most respected leather manufacturer in the industry.
This past week some one hundred Eagle Ottawa second shift employees at the company’s Juárez, Mexico plant clocked out and boarded the buses which would take them safely back home to their loved ones. Tragically, in the bloody border city of Juárez the violent war between the drug cartels does not spare anyone, not women, not children, not the aged and not the honest hardworking people.
The El Paso Times reports that on their return trip, gunmen attacked the three buses carrying the Eagle Ottawa employees.
An unspecified number of gunmen launched the attack during a stop in Juárez y Reforma, a small, sparsely populated area in the municipality of Guadalupe Bravos, about 30 miles southeast of Juárez. Bullets left holes the size of quarters in the buses. More than 20 rounds hit each bus, police said.
The burst of gunfire woke a man in a house along the two lane highway where the violence occurred. He did not want to be identified, but said the gunshots lasted for perhaps 10 minutes.

“We heard many desperate cries,” the man said.
Killed were Rosa Escajeda Galindo, 23; Rosalia Ester Vá zquez Holguin, 24; Maria del Rosario Luna, 38; and Genaro Vega Ceballos, 20.
Vega Ceballos died at the scene. The three women died while en route to the hospital in Juárez.
Fifteen other people - 12 women and three men - were injured. They were transported to a   Juárez hospital in one of the company buses. Thirteen were discharged Thursday. The other two were in stable condition.
As is often the case, there appears to be no motive for the brutal attack. As the body count in this bloody war for control of the lucrative smuggling routes into El Paso grows each day (nearly 2,500 so far in 2010) Mr. Obama continues to ignore the consequences of his failure to secure the border. How many lives on both sides of the border would be saved be shutting off the flow of drugs and human trafficking? How long will Mr. Obama and his party ignore this human tragedy in their quest for new voters?
Did any of the dead and wounded employees of Eagle Ottawa process, cut, stitch or finish the leather seats in my Buick?

paboehmke@yahoo.com
Most of us have never heard of Eagle Ottawa co., however many of us come into contact with their product on a daily basis. The multi-national manufacturer is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and according to the company website:
Eagle Ottawa is the world’s largest supplier of premium automotive leather. Since 1865, we’ve consistently demonstrated our passion for leather making - in skilled craftsmanship, unparalleled artistry and a focus on innovation. By striving to create the best, most luxurious product possible through applications support, research, and development, Eagle Ottawa has become the standard for excellence and refinement.
Additionally, the commitment of our employees - to be the best in the world at what we do - has made Eagle Ottawa the most respected leather manufacturer in the industry.
This past week some one hundred Eagle Ottawa second shift employees at the company’s Juárez, Mexico plant clocked out and boarded the buses which would take them safely back home to their loved ones. Tragically, in the bloody border city of Juárez the violent war between the drug cartels does not spare anyone, not women, not children, not the aged and not the honest hardworking people.
The El Paso Times reports that on their return trip, gunmen attacked the three buses carrying the Eagle Ottawa employees.
An unspecified number of gunmen launched the attack during a stop in Juárez y Reforma, a small, sparsely populated area in the municipality of Guadalupe Bravos, about 30 miles southeast of Juárez. Bullets left holes the size of quarters in the buses. More than 20 rounds hit each bus, police said.
The burst of gunfire woke a man in a house along the two lane highway where the violence occurred. He did not want to be identified, but said the gunshots lasted for perhaps 10 minutes.

“We heard many desperate cries,” the man said.
Killed were Rosa Escajeda Galindo, 23; Rosalia Ester Vá zquez Holguin, 24; Maria del Rosario Luna, 38; and Genaro Vega Ceballos, 20.
Vega Ceballos died at the scene. The three women died while en route to the hospital in Juárez.
Fifteen other people - 12 women and three men - were injured. They were transported to a   Juárez hospital in one of the company buses. Thirteen were discharged Thursday. The other two were in stable condition.
As is often the case, there appears to be no motive for the brutal attack. As the body count in this bloody war for control of the lucrative smuggling routes into El Paso grows each day (nearly 2,500 so far in 2010) Mr. Obama continues to ignore the consequences of his failure to secure the border. How many lives on both sides of the border would be saved be shutting off the flow of drugs and human trafficking? How long will Mr. Obama and his party ignore this human tragedy in their quest for new voters?
Did any of the dead and wounded employees of Eagle Ottawa process, cut, stitch or finish the leather seats in my Buick?

paboehmke@yahoo.com

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