The Mexican Cartel has made headlines again. This time with ostensibly typical gang war cross fire. Or is it?
As the story of the killings in Mexico blows up in the American press, President Trump in a series of tweets offered American assistance in bringing the killers to justice. “If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively.”
In other words, the US is determined to bring these killers to justice. Trump added that, after the rash of violent episodes in recent months, it’s now time for Mexico to address its crime problem.
Trump also appeared to confirm that the family was caught in the crossfire between two feuding drug gangs
Mexico has so far been more than willing to work with the administration on border security. Will it be equally as accommodating when it comes to bringing this group to justice.
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Will this horrific incident finally be enough to convince AMLO that it’s time for Mexico to crack down on armed groups of drug traffickers? In a violent ambush that reportedly took the victims completely by surprise, NBC News reports that nine Americans – a large family of what appear to be Mormon missionaries – were killed during a highway ambush by armed gangsters on Monday. Of the nine Americans killed, six were children, and two were a pair of eight-month-old twins.
There were at least eight survivors from a caravan of families who were traveling in the Mexican border state of Sonora when they were ambushed. A friend of the victims said the family was living in La Mora a the time of the incident, which is about 75 miles south of the US border.
This family friend named the victims as Christina Marie Langford Johnson, 29, Dawna Langford, 43, Trevor Langford, 11, and Rogan Langford, two-and-a-half. Also slain were Rhonita Miller, 30, Howard Miller, 12, Krystal Miller, 10, and eight-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana Miller. They were all part of a Mormon group living in Mexico, and some were said to be traveling for a wedding.
Another relative of one of the victims, Willie Jessop, a resident of Utah, told reporters that a caravan of several families was traveling together when they were suddenly attacked. Jessop said three of the cars were shot at and one of them was set on fire.
Jessop says he and his family have been trying to mobilize Mexican federal officials to look into the killings. They have also been in contact with the FBI.
“Everyone is in so much shock,” he said. “It’s just unbelievable and there’s just no way to comprehend it.”
Even for a country that’s desensitized to extreme acts of violence, the incidents that have unfolded this year have been a shock for Mexico. Last month, armed thugs forced the government to release the son of “El Chapo”, the former Sinaloa Cartel leader who is now being held in an American Supermax prison.
Local newspapers have described the incident as an “organized crime ambush,” but it’s unclear how exactly these young Mormon families got caught up in something so violent. Some said the attack might have been a case of mistaken identity.
CBS This Morning has more, including video of the aftermath:
This clearly looks like what the media is reporting but there is more to this than meets the eye. This family has a history in Mexico that would suggest this may be a targeted hit.
This seems to be the same family whose patriarch was beaten to death in front of them by cartels 10 years ago. Ahem.. “random”.
Benjamín “Benji” Franklin LeBaron Ray (October 4, 1976 – July 7, 2009) was an anti-crime activist and community leader in a Colonia LeBaron community, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico, who had founded the advocacy group SOS Chihuahua (Sociedad Organizada Segura or Secure Organized Society). LeBaron, 32 and a citizen of both Mexico and the United States, was murdered along with his brother-in-law Luis Carlos “Wiso” Widmar Stubbs, 29, on 7 July 2009, by a group of assailants.
After LeBaron’s death, the movement has operated without a single figurehead. Mexico has strict gun control laws but began to train and supervise armed citizen’s patrols among the Chihuahua religious enclaves. This would be an extension of an existing program that trains members of remote Mexican indigenous tribes to man such patrols. SOS Chihuahua’s media contact, Karyn Longhurst of Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, said the group desires rapid response to kidnappings (presently the police must await a police report’s being filed), the forfeiture of the assets of convicted kidnappers, mechanisms for reparations to victims, tightening of judicial and sentencing loopholes used by those suspected or convicted of kidnapping, increased prosecutions and punishments for those aiding and abetting kidnapping, including through official corruption
Benjamin was killed on July 7, 2009 by a local drug cartel. Benjamin was captured and beaten by the cartel, which included 10 men, all armed, in front of his family. They terrorized the wife and children and took him outside. When one of his brothers-in-law, Luis Widmar, heard the commotion, he ran to help Benjamin. They were both taken by the cartel and were later found beaten and shot to death outside of town.
Draw your own conclusions.
Trump’s offers of “help” are not going anywhere We all know that. Mexico is a narco state apparently and no Mex politician is going to cross the cartels, especially after the cartels over powered the Mex government a couple weeks ago with El Chapo’s son. Never mind they are likely on the payroll of one cartel or another anyway. The money from the drug biz runs deep on both side of the border.
I have to be that guy that says it . If you go to a place like Mexico lousy with cartel violence, you are partly to blame for whatever happens to you. You aren’t even 100 percent safe in this country. Going to a place like Mexico where large portions are evidently controlled by drug lords is dancing in a mine field.
Now a question will be, how much more cultural enrichment and diversity will the Democrat party keep pushing for? This happens on a bordering country and it is only a matter of time before the violence ramps up and crosses the border while the neo-cons yell “but Israel!” and democrats yell ” but the Kurds!”
The NYPOST has some new info that has taken a turn for the strange.
The outpost Mormon community in Mexico is where underlings of Nxivm leader Keith Raniere recruited young women to work as nannies in an upstate New York compound run by the accused cult — suggesting at least in part that the jobs would get the girls away from their home region’s drug violence, according a man hired by Raniere to produce a documentary about the group.
The three moms and six kids killed in Monday’s violence in the northern town of Sonora are believed to have been the victims of a drug cartel, which may have mistaken the group’s caravan of three SUVs for rivals, Mexican authorities said Tuesday.
The filmmaker working with Raniere at the time, Mark Vicente, told the online magazine Slate that the documentary ultimately became a recruiting video for Nxivm, which purported to be a self-help group but morphed into what the feds called a cult that sexually, physically and emotionally abused its mainly female followers.
The film included an interview with Julian LeBaron, who identified himself as the cousin of one of the moms killed Monday and who is a leader of the Mexico Mormon community. LeBaron’s brother was kidnapped by a local drug cartel in 2009, and the family defiantly refused to pay a ransom. The cartel eventually released the abducted man.