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Mormon Family Massacre Illustrates Reality of Cartel Violence in Mexico

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A Mormon family driving between Sonora and Chihuahua were killed in a deadly massacre carried out by local criminals on Monday. Nine lives were lost during the attack, including three women and six children, all of whom have dual American and Mexican citizenship.

According to family member Alex LeBaron, the criminals carried out the ambush as the family was driving on the road and set the bodies on fire after shooting them.

For the LeBaron family, it was unfortunately not their first time experiencing such violence. Two of their family members were tortured and shot to death back in 2009 their anti-crime activism in their local communities. Officials suspect those behind Monday’s massacre could be members of either the “Los Jaguares” or the La Línea cartel, but information has yet to be confirmed.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador addressed the massacre in a press conference yesterday. He thanked President Trump for offering assistance in finding the suspects, but believes that it is Mexico’s responsibility to find the perpetrators.

Monday’s tragedy will be the latest addition to drug violence statistics in Mexico. According to CNN’s Matt Rivers, 100 people die everyday from cartel-related violence. Yet, many fail to remember or acknowledge the direct impact Americans have on illegal drug activities in Latin America. As long as there is demand for illegal substances such as cocaine and ecstasy, there will always be those manufacturing and producing such items, which has caused socio-economic catastrophes in many local neighborhoods south of the U.S. border.

Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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