At least three people were arrested over the weekend in connection with the deaths of nine family members who were shot down and killed in Mexico last month, El Universal reports.
According to the federal attorney general’s office a team of security forces, which included armed soldiers, detained “various individuals” on Sunday in Bavispe, Mexico. The area is near Rancho La Mora, where nine family members lost their lives in November.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the victims were a part of the LeBaron family, a group that broke away from the Mormon community during the 1920s and moved to the state of Chihuahua, in Northern Mexico. They eventually settled in the plains and hills of the area, which became known as Colonia LeBaron or LeBaron, named after the faith group’s founder, Alma Dayer LeBaron.
The suspects, whose names are unknown at this time, ambushed a group of women and children and opened fire close to the border of Sonora and Chihuahua.
However, an American law enforcement official said last month that the victims were removed from their cars before they were, suggesting they were likely targeted.
Family spokesperson Julian LeBaron said that the three suspects were low-level “thugs,” according to the Washington Post. He indicated that Mexican law enforcement purposely chose the suspects, instead of the people responsible for ordering the attack, after the LeBaron family reportedly pushed for President Trump to intervene and help.
“We think that’s the reason why they went and picked up these local thugs — so these people can say, ‘Yeah, we did something about this.’”
Meanwhile, the outlet reports that many Mexico residents are worried that a call for help to Trump could mean a military invasion into the country.
“I don’t think any of us would like to see that,” LeBaron said. “But when your sisters and cousins are being murdered, we don’t care where the help comes from.”
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[Feature Photo: Rhonita Maria LeBaron and family/Facebook]