411.12 Gomez and Rubio/5: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Governor of Oklahoma (Murray)

It has been reported to the Department that two Mexican students, Emilio Cortés Rubio, a cousin [nephew] of President Ortiz Rubio, of Mexico, and Manuel Gómez, were shot and killed at Ardmore, Oklahoma, early today. According to the press report the slayers were Oklahoma officers.

In view of the possible international complications in this affair, it will be greatly appreciated if you will direct a minute investigation with a view to determining the circumstances and responsibility and advise me by telegraph of the result. At the suggestion of the American Ambassador to Mexico, it is requested that measures be taken for the proper preparation of the bodies of the two youths for shipment to Mexico.

Henry L. Stimson