Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Mexican officials vow to seek justice for slain Mormon family

Mexican officials vow to seek justice for slain Mormon family

He was found in the hills of Agua Prieta in the state of Sonora. It seems more likely that the murders were a warning from drug cartels to everyone in the region, and especially to Mexican officials, that the gangs are in charge.

On Tuesday, a USA official said a rival cartel, La Línea, is under focus. NPR contacted The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah, who said the group in Mexico are not members of their church.

The U.S. wants to work with Mexico, Cotton said.

A number of extended Mormon families live in farming communities clustered around the Chihuahua-Sonora state border. "Nita and four of my grandchildren are burnt, shot up", the American man says, his voice cracking with emotion. "Right on the road out of La Mora".

The adult victims have been identified as Rhonita LeBaron, and Dawna and Christina Langford.

Eight-month old twins Titus and Tiana Miller among nine Americans killed in northern Mexico Monday. Falko Ernst, senior analyst for the International Crisis Group in Mexico, said Trump's tweet suggests he may be gearing up to pressure Mexico over security, especially with his campaign under way for re-election in November 2020.

LeBaron-Ramos said she planned to make a brief statement and answer questions at 3 p.m.at her law office at 1505 Minnesota Avenue.

Around the ambush scene, which stretched for miles, investigators found over 200 shell casings, mostly from assault rifles.

She said the three women - Christina, Rhonita "Nita" Maria Miller and Dawna Ray Langford - were traveling separately in three cars with 14 children between them when the gunfire broke out.

Taylor Langford is the nephew of one of the women killed in the brazen ambush. Her mother had been killed in the shooting. Her baby, seven-month-old Faith, was found 11 hours later unharmed.

A 13-year-old who survived walked for hours to get help for his siblings, who he had hid under tree branches for safety. The dead included 6-month-old twins. They were all airlifted to a hospital in Arizona for treatment. Two weeks ago, Mexican troops seized a son of the drug lord known as El Chapo but had to release him after cartel henchmen launched a furious counterattack in Culiacan, Sinaloa.

"There are areas where the government's control is very fragile", said Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope. The family's convoy of SUVs were attacked in Sonora, Mexico as they were driving away from the La Mora community where they lived. The Colonia LeBaron community in Mexico today includes both Mormons and Catholics.

A family friend who created a GoFundMe page for the family said, "We are a community of U.S. citizens that live and operate between Mexico and the United States we are under attack as we speak by the cartels in Mexico".

He added: 'The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army.

Going to war with cartels is not an option, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday following the massacre that killed nine American tourists, Breitbart reported.

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