Nine members of a Mormon family were killed on the Mexican side of the US-Mexico border, and authorities are investigating whether the attack was the result of mistaken identity.
The slain victims include three women, four small children and two infants, family member Alex LeBaron said from Mexico. He said all nine were dual US-Mexican citizens.The victims were “all shot while in vehicles while driving,” LeBaron told CNN.
Investigators believe three vehicles travelling between the Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua were ambushed by criminal groups Monday evening, Mexican authorities said.”Women and children (between 14 years old and 10 months) were massacred, burned alive,” LeBaron said. “Mothers were screaming for the fire to stop.”
The group was heading from Bavispe, Sonora, to Janos, Chihuahua, said Chihuahua Attorney General Cesar Peniche Espejel. Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said the attack could have been a case of mistaken identity of “conflicting groups in the area.”
As Mexican authorities grapple with violence in the region, the number of killings keeps soaring. Last year, Mexico witnessed its highest number of homicides — 33,000. And 2019 is on course to break that record. Just last month, 13 Mexican police officers were killed in an ambush in the western state of Michoacan.CNN