Relatives grieve at site of Mexican ambush of Mormon family
Relatives of slain members of Mexican-American families belonging to Mormon communities react next to the burnt wreckage of a vehicle where some of their relatives died, in Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Gunmen killed nine women and children in the bloodiest attack on Americans in Mexico for years, prompting President Trump to offer to help the neighboring country wipe out drug cartels believed to be behind the ambush. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
The nine people killed in Monday's daytime attack at the border of Chihuahua and Sonora states belonged to the Mexican-American LeBaron, Langford, Miller and Johnson families, members of breakaway Mormon communities that settled in northern Mexico's...more
Five wounded children were airlifted to a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, and a boy in critical condition was transferred to a Phoenix hospital, according to a family member. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said the nine, traveling in several SUVs, could have been victims of mistaken identity, given the high number of violent confrontations among warring drug gangs in the area. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
But the LeBaron extended family has often been in conflict with drug traffickers in Chihuahua and other relatives of the victims said the killers surely knew who they were targeting. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Northwestern Mexico has been home to small Mormon and Mormon-linked communities of U.S. origin since the late 19th century. The early Mormon settlers in Mexico fled the threat of arrest in the United States for practicing polygamy. The practice is...more
All of the dead were U.S. citizens, according to a family member, and most also held dual citizenship with Mexico. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
They were attacked while driving on backroads in a convoy of cars containing the women along with 14 children, he said. Some were headed for Tucson airport to collect relatives. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
"We've been here for more than 50 years. There's no one who doesn't know them. Whoever did this was aware. That's the most terrifying," Alex LeBaron, a relative, said in one of the villages inhabited by the extended family. REUTERS/Jose Luis...more
The governments of Chihuahua and Sonora states, both of which border the United States, issued a brief, joint statement late on Monday saying an investigation into the incident had been launched and that some people were presumed dead and others...more
Soldiers assigned to Mexico's National Guard pass by a bullet-riddled vehicle at the site of the ambush in Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico, November 5. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Soldiers assigned to Mexico's National Guard at the site of the ambush in Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico, November 5. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
A soldier assigned to the National Guard keeps watch as a tow truck carrying the burnt wreckage of a truck, belonging to slain members of a Mexican-American Mormon family, is seen in Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico November 6. REUTERS/Jose Luis...more
The interior of the burnt wreckage of a vehicle, belonging to slain members of a Mexican-American Mormon family, is seen on a tow truck in Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico November 6. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Soldiers assigned to the National Guard keep watch as a tow truck carrying the burnt wreckage of a truck, belonging to slain members of a Mexican-American Mormon family, is seen in Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico November 6. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Soldiers assigned to Mexico's National Guard patrol near a bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to one of the Mexican-American Mormon families that were killed by unknown assailants, in Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico November 5. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
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