Dec 2, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Mormon family massacre: Mexican authorities detain suspects

A worker lifts to the tow truck the burnt van where five of the nine members of the Mexican-American LeBaron family were killed, in the Sonora mountain range, Mexico, on November 6
The burnt van where five of the nine LeBaron family members were killed, in the Sonora mountain range, Mexico, on Nov. 6. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images

The Mexican government said in a statement Sunday that authorities detained several people suspected of a cartel shooting massacre of nine members of a Mormon family who held U.S. and Mexican citizenship.

The big picture: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is under pressure to curb violence in the country. President Trump has vowed to designate Mexico's drug cartels as terrorist organizations.

  • Attorney General Bill Barr is due to meet with officials in Mexico City "to discuss Trump's plan" this week, per the Washington Post.
  • Three people were arrested in Bavispe in Sonora over the killing near the border of the six children and three mothers from the LeBaron family.

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