Mormon family from La Mora killed in Sonora, Mexico: What we know now

Nine members of an American family with Mexican roots – three mothers and their children – were brutally killed in an attack by gunmen in Mexico. 

Security Minister Alfonso Durazo confirmed the assault in a tweet Tuesday.

Although authorities in Mexico have yet to confirm many details about the gunmen, relatives suspect the attack may have been a case of mistaken identity by drug cartels. The killing barrage took place in a remote, mountainous area where the Sinaloa cartel has been engaged in a turf war with another gang.

All of the victims were apparently related to the extended LeBaron family in Chihuahua, whose members have run afoul of the drug traffickers over the years. Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who founded neighborhood patrols against cartels, was killed in 2009 by gunmen in a watershed moment in Mexico’s drug war.

The victims were all U.S. citizens and members of La Mora, a settlement about 70 miles south of Douglas, Arizona. Authorities said eight children were found alive after escaping from the vehicles and hiding in the brush, but several had bullet wounds or other injuries.

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