Journalist missing, possibly kidnapped in Nuevo Laredo

Zane Alejandro Plemmons, 30, disappeared in May

SAN ANTONIO - Nuevo Laredo is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalism, as 48 journalists have been killed or have disappeared since 2006, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

A new journalists has been added to that list.

San Antonian Zane Alejandro Plemmons, 30, stayed overnight at a Nuevo Laredo hotel in May. He has not been seen since May 21, after he heard gunfire from his hotel room.

Plemmons ran outside to see what was going on and, presumably, document the scene with his camera. Hotel clerks said he never came back inside.

In Nuevo Laredo, cartels control the media.

News organizations do not report anything cartel-related, with a major newspaper in the city even publishing an editorial saying so.

Plemmons' mother, Maria, runs a beauty salon in Devine, Texas. She keeps a picture of her son near her station, and said her faith gets her through the day.

"I know he's still alive," she said, as tears filled her eyes. "I know he's going to come back, and I know that my prayers and everybody's prayers will bring him back."

But her tears betrayed her confidence, and Plemmons' father was more pessimistic.

"I fear the worst," said Zane Plemmons Sr. "These people don't play games."

The family has not heard any news for five weeks now, and said the only things left to do are pray and wait.

A candlelight vigil will be held for Plemmons on Saturday, July 7, at the Westover Hills Assembly of God. The event will run from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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