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Mormon Attack: Suspect Arrested at Family Massacre

The Minister for Criminal Investigation (AMIC) stated that it had detained a person who held two bound and nailed hostages in the hills of the priests in Agua in Sonora. The suspect had several rifles and a large amount of ammunition, including numerous large-caliber weapons, according to a statement posted on his official Facebook page. The arrest comes just a day after women and children were brutally attacked by criminal groups while driving near the US-Mexico border, Mexican authorities said.

Three women, four young children and two babies – all dual American-Mexican citizens – were killed in their vehicles Monday

The victims appear to be a fundamentalist sect separated from the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . according to family member Alex Lebaron. The victims and eight surviving children were ambushed by criminal groups Monday night while traveling between Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexican authorities said.

The Attorney General of the neighboring state of Chihuahua, Cesar Peniche Espeel, confirmed the arrest in an interview with Mexican radio Imagen on Tuesday, but could not confirm details of the suspect's involvement. "We are waiting for some more intelligence to issue an official statement," he said.

Peniche Espejel stated that he believed that the newly formed Los Jaguares Cartel, a shot at the Sinaloa Cartel, could be behind the slaughter. But earlier Tuesday, an American official said a rival cartel called La Línea was in focus.

"These Sinaloa cartels have suffered fragmentation since Guzman's arrest on El Chapo," says Peniche Espel. "They are growing close to the US border and are heavily involved in US immigrant trafficking and drug trafficking."

Cars lit and full of bullet holes

Each of the three cars kept mothers driving their children to see family: one to take her husband, the other to meet her husband and to move to North Dakota and the third to visit family in neighboring Chihuahua, said family member Kendra Lee Miller.

At one point, one of the cars got a flat tire, Miller said. The driver, Miller-daughter-in-law Ronita Maria Miller, left the car behind and returned with the others to take another family car to continue driving.

Kendra said her brother Andre was on a mountain road near La Mora when he saw a fire in the distance where a three-car wagon was attacked.

  A 1[ads1]3-year-old boy walked 6 hours to get help after the Mormon family attack

"My brother was fixing the broken Ronita's vehicle, saw the fire, didn't think anything of it – said Kendra Miller.

"Then (he) saw the explosion, went to check it, saw that it was my mother's vehicle full of bullet holes

"My dad, Andre, and a couple of uncles and relatives went to check on the vehicle all they found were charred remains, ash and bones, "says Kendra Lee Miller.

'There were debris inside and outside the vehicle. "[19659019] A family member said a 13-year-old boy, who was harmless in the attack, walked about 14 miles to help after hiding his bleeding siblings on the Hess bus and covering them with branches.

Seven children injured in the ambush were flown from Mexico to Douglas, Arizona for transportation to hospitals in Tucson, Lebaron says.

The family may have been targeted

[19659003] The Lebaron family had a history of conflict with Mexican drug cartels, suggesting they may have been targeted, former Mexican Foreign Minister Horan said "Castaneda at CNN on Tuesday night.

" The cartels have taken too many members of our family, "said Kendra Miller, adding that Monday's killers were" not the first. "

  Long Ray Ray Langford with his son Trevor. who both died in the attack

Miller said her family was recently threatened by cartels there where he can travel.

The former minister also said that the larger Lebaron community had received protection from 90 federal police officers located around the community since 2011 due to tensions between the family and the cartels.

This protection was withdrawn to some extent by the current government earlier this year, according to Castaneda. It is unclear if all 90 police officers were pulled over or just some of them, he added.

At a news conference earlier Tuesday, Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said the attack may have been a case of mistaken identity of "conflict groups in the area"

But Castaneda told CNN that he found the theory to be unlikely, especially since two cars in two different places carrying members of the same family were attacked in the same way.


[19659003] The Mormons who were attacked appear to be members of a sect, which is separate from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Saints of the days of the cold, said a spokesman for LDS Church.

  Christina Marie Langford, who died in the attack

heard about the tragedy that touched these families in Mexico, "spokesman Eric Hawkins told CNN." From what I can understand, they were members of a polygamist sect, not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "[19659003] Family members describe themselves as part of a Mormon community of about 3,000 living members

Overall, the community is fundamentalist. One of the victim's relatives said some members practiced polygamy.

Despite some differences between beliefs, "we are a mass family," Langford said.

"We love and support ourselves no matter what our individual beliefs are. I" have never seen such a force of unity and love in a family as big as ours. This is the tragedy of our lives. "

A region marred by violence

In 2009, a member of the Lebaron family, living in Chihuahua, was abducted and returned unharmed a week later. His brother, Benjamin Lebaron, became an activist against crime, but he and his son-in-law were killed two months later.

The number of homicides in the country recently increased.

Last year, Mexico witnessed the highest number homicides – 33,000 And 2019 is about to break this record.

Last month alone, 13 Mexican police officers were ambushed and in the western state of Michoacán.

Now the grief of the last high profile slaughter has spread to two countries. Chiplin, Bethlehem Feleke, Gerardo Lemos, Maya Ehlinger, Valeria Longi, Chandler Thornton and Daniel Burke contributed to this report., Gianluca Mezzofiore

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