LeBaron murders: Victim's dad says cartels killed two other relatives in 2009.
Heartbroken dad Adrián LeBaron said cartel members wanted to 'teach fear' by killing his daughter and four grandchildren
The father of one of the Americans killed in a bloody Mexican cartel massacre claims drug lords 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 traveling in a convoy from the Mormon La Mora religious settlement, where they lived.
Heartbroken dad Adrián LeBaron's has now revealed that two of his nephews were also killed 10 years ago.
His daughter Rhonita Maria LeBaron and four grandchildren, including six-month-old twins, were shot dead in the latest attack.
Mothers Dawna Langford and Christina Langford Johnson were also killed, along with Ms Langford's two sons, aged three and 11.
Officials say Monday's attack that killed 9 people was fueled by rivalry between two gangs.
The attackers who killed three women and six children near the Sonora-Chihuahua border on Monday didn’t mistake their victims for members of a rival gang, say family members, but federal authorities say evidence shows otherwise.
Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said on Tuesday that the three SUVs in which members of the LeBarón family were traveling may have been mistaken by a criminal organization for those of a rival gang. A splinter cell of the Sinaloa Cartel known as Los Salazar is known to operate in the area as is La Línea, which has links to the Juárez Cartel.
Today, a senior military official suggested a cell of the latter was sent to the area where members of the LeBarón family were killed after a confrontation Monday in Agua Prieta between the two gangs.
La Línea, said Brigadier General Homero Mendoza Ruiz, was reacting to a possible incursion into its territory by members of Los Salazar.
But members of the LeBarón family, part of a breakaway fundamentalist Mormon community that has lived in Mexico for decades, rejected the hypothesis.