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Tuesday
Oct052010

Mother of American Killed by Mexican Pirates Begs Hillary Clinton: 'Help Me'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. woman whose son was shot in the head by Mexican pirates while boating on a border lake in Texas is begging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help her, "mother to mother."

The body of David Michael Hartley, 30, has yet to be recovered days after he was killed by teenage pirates on Falcon Lake after he and his wife, Tiffany Hartley, crossed the border on their jet skis. U.S. officials said they're prohibited from entering into Mexican waters to search for his body and Mexico said it doesn't have the money to look.

"He needs to come home and we're begging the Mexican government, the governor of Texas, President Obama," the man's mother, Pam Hartley, told ABC News.

"To Hillary -- mother to mother -- help me bring my son home, please," she said, crying.

Tiffany Hartley said she and her husband dismissed warnings about crossing into the Mexican side of the lake to take pictures of a historic church. As they made their way back to the U.S. border, they were approached by three boats of fully-armed pirates.

"David and I were racing back to the U.S. and they started shooting," she said. “I looked back and I saw that David had been shot and I turned around to go get him."

Hartley said she failed to pull her husband onto her jet ski and, for her own safety, was forced to abandon her husband.

The state of Texas had warned boaters and fisherman as far back as April to stay away from the Mexican side of the lake. Since then, the drug wars along the border have gotten more violent and there have been reports of more pirate encounters. There have been at least five reported run-ins with pirates on the lake so far this year, although this is the first reported case of a death.

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