40 suspects in Mexico Mormon bloodbath: lawyer

A automobile transporting a coffin of one of many 9 Mormon victims shot useless in Mexico in November 2019 (AFP Photograph/Herika Martinez)

Mexico Metropolis (AFP) – Mexican authorities consider at the least 40 folks had been concerned in killing 9 Mormon girls and youngsters within the north of the nation in November, a lawyer for one of many households mentioned Tuesday.

The three girls and 6 youngsters from a breakaway Mormon neighborhood with twin US-Mexican nationality had been on a distant street in a lawless area between the states of Chihuahua and Sonora when gunmen attacked their vehicles, against the law that sparked outrage on each side of the border.

The authorities have saved a decent lid on the investigation, however mentioned final month they’d made seven arrests.

They now suspect many extra folks than that had been concerned, mentioned lawyer Abel Murrieta, following a gathering between victims’ kin and Legal professional Common Alejandro Hertz in Mexico Metropolis.

“Not less than 40 folks took half on the bottom,” Murrieta informed journalists after the assembly between Hertz and his shoppers, the LeBaron household.

“All of them come from Chihuahua…. However they’ve solely been recognized by their nicknames,” mentioned Julian LeBaron, a relative of Rhonita Miller, one of many three moms killed within the assault.

Mexican authorities, who’re cooperating with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the case, say the assault was executed by the La Linea drug cartel.

Officers say they consider the cartel mistook the households for members of a rival gang. However some kin have rejected that principle, saying they consider they had been intentionally focused.

Within the wake of the killings, President Donald Trump urged Mexico to wage “warfare” on its drug cartels with US assist. He later vowed so as to add Mexican cartels to the US blacklist of terrorist organizations.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rejected that proposal, which Trump finally backed away from.

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