Family ambushed on way to wedding in Mexico: These are the survivors

One person was in custody Wednesday, but many questions remained unanswered surrounding the brutal massacre that took the lives of nine family members in northern Mexico.

Monday’s slaughter was carried out by cartel gunmen who ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road. Three women and six children died in the carnage.

 Eight children survived the attack in the remote, mountainous area of Sonora state. Five of them were flown by military helicopters to U.S. hospitals. Sonora state health officials said they were “stable” at the moment of transfer.

Austin Cloes points to a photo of relatives Rhonita Miller and her family, who were killed in Mexico, on a computer screen Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Herriman, Utah.

We know what happened – but why?

Leah Staddon, a relative, told The Arizona Republic that the three mothers with dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship were driving from Bavispe to a wedding in LeBaron, another Mormon-offshoot community in the state of Chihuahua, when their three SUVs loaded with children were attacked.

 The family’s vehicles were sprayed with gunfire on a road near Rancho La Mora in a remote and mountainous area where the Sinaloa cartel has been engaged in a turf war with another gang. Authorities have theorized the attackers worked for a cartel that mistook the family’s SUVs for a rival gang’s convoy.

Members of the LeBaron family look at a burned car that carried some of the nine family members who were ambushed and killed in Bavispe, Sonora mountains, Mexico.

How are the suspect and hostages connected to the massacre? 

Criminal investigators said late Tuesday that a suspect was arrested and was under investigation for possible connections with the deaths. In a statement posted on Facebook, the Agency for Criminal Investigation for the state of Sonora said that the suspect was found in the town of Agua Prieta, right across from the Arizona border, holding two hostages who were gagged and tied inside a vehicle.

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