?It's every parent's worst spring break nightmare come true: Fun in the sun somehow turned into a south-of-the-border bloodbath for 21-year-old Zeke Rucker. The vacationing Rutgers University graduate was discovered alone outside his resort hotel in the wee hours of the morning of March 16, bleeding and unconscious by a swimming pool. His heartbroken and horrified family has questions. American and Mexican officials don't have any answers -- or any immediate interest in finding out what happened to Zeke.
Did he fall? Was he beaten? Did hotel staff witness anything? A resort security guard found Rucker at around 4 a.m. near some lounge chairs with his head "bashed in." According to family members, the hotel has interior surveillance video showing Rucker "staggering" from his room. But there is no exterior video to shed light on what happened once he exited the hotel or when and how exactly he sustained his grave head injuries. His wallet and ID were left intact inside his hotel room.
Zucker's New Jersey-based parents strongly suspect foul play and random violence. But the American consulate told the family there will be no investigation, and Zeke's parents say the Mexican police didn't even bother to meet with them.
Mexican consulates on American soil are famous for vigorously intervening on behalf of their illegal alien citizens -- lobbying to get them driver's licenses, bank accounts and health care, for example, and rushing to defend illegal alien border-crossers arrested in reckless- and drunk-driving cases.
Where are our U.S. lawmakers to put pressure on our U.S. State Department to get to the bottom of the Ruckers' Cancun horror?
For now, the family is focused on nursing Zeke back to health. He remains in a coma under heavy sedation after undergoing emergency surgery in Mexico to remove a hematoma in his brain. During that surgery, he suffered an infection that has left him with a raging fever and complications. Zeke was flown to Miami's Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital for top-notch care. But not without difficulty.
Zeke's aunt, Jodi, related the Ruckers' hellish experience transporting her nephew out of the violence-wracked country: "The air ambulance team is made up of ex-military men who have done evacuations out of many countries. They say that Cancun is one of the most difficult places to get out of. The air ambulance team when landed in Mexico was surrounded by military with guns drawn that then searched the plane."
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