Dad of Mexico Mormon shooting victim says drug cartel killed two nephews in 2009
The father of one of the Americans killed in a bloody ambush by Mexican drug cartels claims gunmen also murdered two of his relatives in 2009.
Nine members of the LeBaron family were slaughtered in the Mexican border state of Sonora on Monday while travelling in a convoy from the Mormon La Mora religious settlement, where they lived.
Heartbroken dad Adrián LeBaron has now revealed two of his nephews were also killed by Mexican gunmen 10 years ago.
He lost his daughter Rhonita Maria LeBaron and four grandchildren, including six-month-old twins, were shot dead in the attack.
Mothers Dawna Langford and Christina Langford Johnson were also slaughtered, along with Dawna's two sons, aged three and 11.
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Adrián's nephew Eric was kidnapped by drug cartel members in 2009, although he was released when the family refused to pay a ransom of more than £750,000, Mail Online reports.
Two other nephews, Benjamin and Luis, were killed that same year after Benjamin spoke out about Eric's kidnapping, and Luis tried to protect his brother from the gang.
Adrián said that the cartels "killed innocent people to teach fear".
He added: "It is not an attack against our community, what we have here is a protest.
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"They are making a statement and I do not know towards who. However, they killed my daughter with that purpose.
"Just as in 2009, we did not want to pay a ransom, we have never accepted when they harass you when they extort you.
"I do not tell that group, I'm telling any group that exists in Mexico that we do not give in."
Another relative, Julian LeBaron, said he found some of the victims burned alive in their torched SUVs.
The wedding party was ambushed on a highway 60 miles south of the US border town of Douglas.
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In total, four boys, two girls and three women were killed in the attack on the breakaway Mormon sect.
Pictures from the scene show blood-stained baby car seats in the back of the burned-out vehicle.
Several children survived the massacre and fled into the countryside before later being found.
The Mexican government believes drug cartels were responsible, and haven't ruled out the massacre being a case of mistaken identity.
Yesterday, President Donald Trump called for a war on Mexico's drug cartels following the mass murder.
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