In a sometimes tearful news conference Tuesday, the mother of a Marine reservist jailed in Mexico on weapons charges said that public support will help her son endure the months ahead.
El Hongo prison outside Tecate allows short letters, although not cards or pictures, she said.
"I just remember that phone call as if it happened 10 seconds ago," she said. "Andrew said, 'Mom, I'm not going to make it through the night...[But] whatever you do, don't come down here to investigate or ask questions because you'll be killed as well."
Also, he said that the media and Tahmooressi's supporters should not expect a quick decision by the judge hearing the case. "That is something that needs to sink in," he said.
Tahmooressi had recently moved to San Diego to receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
"He knows that God is journeying with us," Jill Tahmooressi said of her son.