Relatives carry coffins during the funeral ceremony of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and his sons, Trevor and Rogan, who were among the nine victims of the attack.
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The alleged boss of the drug cartel was arrested in connection with the murder of a Mexican Mormon family last year.
Roberto González Montes, alleged leader of the La Línea cartel, was arrested in November 2019 as part of an investigation into several Mexican murder agencies, sources said. El Diario on Monday.
He was arrested alongside other suspected cartels, Eulalio Domínguez Alanís and Santiago Casavantes Radovich, sources said. Diario.
The trio was detained as part of a joint operation by the Office of the Organized Crime Prosecutor’s Office, the Minister of Defense, the National Intelligence Center and the Navy. El Diario said.
Nine members of the LeBarón family, a Mexican and American dual citizen who had lived in northern Mexico for decades, were shot dead when gunmen opened fire on November 4, 2019, in a vehicle driving near Sonoran, Bavispe.
Rhonita Miller, 30, was killed by LeBaront’s son (13), 11-year-old daughter and seven-month-old twin.
Christina and Dawna Langford (43) and Dawna’s two children, Trevor (11) and Rogan (three), were also killed.
They traveled in a convoy of 17 when gunmen sprayed their SUVs with bullets.
Alex LeBaron, who said he lost family members during the attack, told CNN that some of the victims had been burned while the survivors were shouting to stop the attack.
Mexican officials said at the time they thought the family had been misled by members of a rival drug cartel as they drove down a dirt road to Chihuahua.
This was disputed by another family member, Max LeBaron, who said he thought they were targeted as part of intimidation.
“They’re just trying to terrorize the community, the people here,” he said CBS News. “They’re just trying to push us out of our farms.”
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