Mexico president to speak with Trump after deadly ambush of Mormons

Ruben Fields
November 6, 2019

Three adult women and six children, all members of the LeBaron family that settled with a breakaway group of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the area decades ago, were killed in an attack just near the border.

"This is for the record", says a male voice off-camera in an American accent, choking up with emotion. "Nita and four of my grandchildren are burnt, shot up", the American man says, his voice cracking with emotion.

The video could not independently be verified. He also posted that six of his aunt's children had been left abandoned but alive on a roadside.

Taylor Langford, another relative, who lives in Utah, said that the attack represented a new level.

He said it was unclear who carried out the attack.

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At least five other children - one of whom was shot and wounded - managed to escape and walk home, and a girl was reported missing after having run into the woods to hide, Lebaron added.

Another relative, Julian LeBaron, said on his Facebook page the dead woman was Rhonita Maria LeBaron. We will update as more information comes in. Whoever did this was aware.

Relative Lafe Langford Jr. told the Tribune that family members were attempting to transport the injured to the United States for treatment. He said all the victims were us citizens, and most also held dual citizenship with Mexico.

Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo told The Associated Press that the Sinaloa cartel is fighting for control of the region where the attack took place with rival gangs.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declined Trump's offer.

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President Trump responded to the murders on Twitter Tuesday, promising to help if Mexico should ask.

There is a GoFundMe to help support families of the victims.

"We are heartbroken to hear of the tragedy that has touched these families in Mexico", spokesman Eric Hawkins told CNN.

Lopez Obrador's comments came shortly after Trump tweeted that it was time for Mexico to wage war on drug cartels and "wipe them off the face of the earth" with "help" from the US.

Monday's massacre is the latest in a string of extreme violent incidents in Mexico that have thrown the Lopez Obrador administration into crisis. While some of the splinter groups were once polygamous, many no longer are.

There have been more than 250,000 killings in Mexico since 2006, when the Mexican government controversially deployed its army to combat drug trafficking. "The Mexican government must partner with USA intelligence and law enforcement agencies to wage a full-scale offensive against these butchers".

"The worst thing you can have is war ... we declared war, and it didn't work ... that is not an option", he said.

Mormons of Germanic origin left the USA and established a settlement in northern Mexico.

Falko Ernst, senior analyst for the International Crisis Group in Mexico, said Trump's tweet suggests he may be gearing up to pressure Mexico over security, especially with his campaign under way for re-election in November 2020.

"We can't get a helicopter or any airplanes or airlifts and it's going to be at least a 6-hour journey to El Paso or Tucson", Langford said.

"To the citizens of the United States Of America, Mexico and to HUMAN BEINGS across the world...."

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