January 27th, 2011
09:49 AM 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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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. And the winner is....

    So sad, needless and avoidable. If one decides to put themselves in a dangerous position then accept the consequences. Its no secret that Mexico is a dangerous place. Mexico also has a deep faith in Catholicism, this missionary wasn't preaching that. Maybe Americans should stay out of other countries and stop telling people how to (filling in the blank), especially since America is not the No. 1 example of anything except excessive greed.

    January 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  2. Friendlyone

    I knew the Davis'. They are long time friends of my grandfather, who is a pastor. They attended church with him whenever they were in the area. They were the most kind and gracious people I have ever known. To hear of Nancy's death truly saddens me. My prayers are with Sam. It's comforting to know that she is with her Father now.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  3. Dora

    I agree sanderdog.
    May the Lord comfort this dear lady's husband and family. So very sad and needless!

    January 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  4. sanderdog

    SAD, Very SAD! I trust God will comfort her family reward her faithful service.

    Why do we not fix this mess?

    1. Boycott mexico and all products made in mexico: Dodge Pickups Ford Fusion Hybrid ets.

    2. Bring our military home from Afganistan and line them up on the border to the point it looks like an invasion is being prepared. (Leave a swat team to smack down any concentration of terriorists and fire bomb their poppy fields. Maybe spray them with "agent orange". Ignore the rest of the god forsaken country.) You cannot fix a country where one does not exist.

    3. Stop the insane flow of illegal people and drugs across the border.

    4. NOW!

    January 29, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  5. El Güero

    Sad, truly sad and may the Lord console the family, but, as a pastor near where this happened, there is no mystery as it says under the video. The cartel taking vehicles, particularly the one that they were driving is commonplace, it happens every day. Everyone here knows, you have a choice, your car or your life. That is the way things are here. If you cooperate, you will not get hurt and you can share the Gospel with them and they do listen. If you decide to outrun them, you will get shot and they shoot to kill. As I said, this is terribly sad, and may the Lord console the family. As a note to all missionarys who consider coming to Mexico, the south is a much safer area: Campeche, Yucatán, Quintana Roo, those areas are safe. Tamaulipas is not.

    January 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  6. Christian

    The man who spoke at the end made it sound like the people of the North coming down are ignorant of the violence. Perhaps this is true, but not for the Davis couple! The Davises have been working in Mexico for just under 40 years, and were well aware of the danger. They were faithfully following the call of God upon their lives. I greatly respect and admire them!

    January 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  7. Peace2All

    I wish her family & friends peace and healing.

    And... should there happen to be some kind of existence beyond this earthly world, then... peace and whatever comes next for her too.


    January 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      Nicely said Peace. I tell you I am very much impressed by your high ability to kindly express yourself!

      January 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  8. Reality

    If you buy, sell and or use illegal drugs, consider yourself an accessory to this murder.

    January 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Anglican

      Reality. I agree. Such a beautiful country, so much crime.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • claybigsby

      LOL whys that? the weed i get doesn't come from mexico nor do i promote that violence?

      January 28, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • claybigsby

      Thats like saying if you buy sell or own a gun, consider yourself an accessory to this murder, because, our weapons are smuggled into mexico everyday.

      January 28, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • Reality

      But the money you paid for the "weed" went to some drug "lord" somewhere. Said "lords" are violent no matter where they are so you are an accessory to their violence.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • Anglican

      claybig. Much suffering in the drug culture, pushers and users. Peace.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • claybigsby

      yes, and my point was that money does not go to mexico. Just because it goes to "drug lords" doesnt mean i promote murder or violence.

      @Anglican: How do you know if you arent apart of the drug culture? dont believe everything you see on TV.

      January 31, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Reality


      You don't promote violence by buying weed? Apparently you don't read the daily news about the latest drive-by shootings/killings by drug lord gangs protecting their turf in the large metropolitan cities.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Please make sure you buy Canadian weed. We don't shoot folks – much -and you would be taking market share away from the Mexicans.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  9. Anglican

    May she rest in peace, and may God be with her family.

    January 27, 2011 at 11:13 am |
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