Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sonora: At least 10 U.S. Citizens kidnapped and killed, reports from Mexico and U.S.

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

All victims are women and children -- They were located yesterday at noon, after a bloody confrontation between cartels in that area of ​​Sonora.

Early reports indicated the tragedy could have been a case of mistaken identity.

Below are press reports first the mainstream Mexican press by Reforma....."LeBarón family massacre"

At least seven members of the American Mormon family, with the surname LeBarón, were shot yesterday in the boundaries between Sonora and Chihuahua.

The victims were three adult women and four children.

The activist Julián LeBarón informed REFORMA that, his cousin Rhonita María LeBarón and her four children were found with gunshots and burned in a van.

Subsequently, other cousins, who were traveling in two vans with their children, were abducted.
 
Blue circle denotes some of the victims in one family
LeBarón said several of the children managed to escape and ran to a property located several kilometers away and said two women had been killed.


The activist said the family had received threats of organized crime and had reported them.

The families had left Bavispe, in Sonora - hometown of the SSPC chief, Alfonso Durazo - and were heading to the La Mora ranch, in the Mennonite municipality of Galeana, in Chihuahua.

The authorities of both states implemented an operation and managed to locate five other children who had escaped kidnapping.

Until 22:00 hours, the Attorney General of Chihuahua had not officially established the number of victims. [now 10 and more expected]

In social networks, a video circulated in which the fully calcined truck in which five family members, the mother and four children were traveling, can be seen.

According to social media reports, two of the dead children were between eight and 10 years old, while the other two were twins approximately six months old.


The activist Julián LeBarón informed that he went along with federal soldiers and police to the area in search of his relatives.

The US Embassy reported following up on the case report.

"We are aware of these reports. The safety and well-being of US citizens abroad are within the highest priorities of the State Department," said the US Embassy when questioned by REFORM.

The diplomatic headquarters said they are in contact with Mexican officials of multiple levels to offer all possible assistance to family members.

Given the threats of organized crime, the LeBarón family and the Mennonite community in Galeana, Chihuahua, had been supported by a group of Federal Forces of the PF for some years to patrol the area.

The inhabitants paid the food and lodging of a company made up of about 90 elements, but with the arrival of the new federal government, the troops were withdrawn.


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LA Times media report 


MEXICO CITY —  At least five U.S. citizens, including four children, who lived in the Mexican border state of Sonora have been killed in a shooting attack, relatives said Monday.
A relative who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals said he had found the burned-out, bullet-ridden SUV containing the remains of his nephew’s wife and her four children.

Another relative, Julian LeBaron, said on his Facebook page that the dead woman was Rhonita Maria LeBaron. She apparently died along with her twin 6-month-old babies and two other children, ages 8 and 10.

The first relative said as many as 15 others were missing after the attack, which he attributed to drug cartel gunmen. He said he saw dozens of heavily armed gunmen near the burned-out vehicle.


The man said a convoy of three vehicles had set out Monday from La Mora — a decades-old settlement founded as part of an offshoot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — but were attacked by cartel gunmen in what he said may have been a case of mistaken identity. Two of the three vehicles with two women and 13 children were still missing.

Authorities in Sonora state and the U.S. Embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The federal Department of Security and Citizens’ Protection said security forces were reinforced with national guard, army and state police troops in the area following “the reports about disappearance and aggression against several people.”

Jhon LeBaron, another relative, posted on his Facebook page that his aunt and another woman were dead, which could bring the death toll to at least seven. But Jhon LeBaron posted that six of his aunt’s children had been left abandoned but alive on a roadside.
The families lived in La Mora, about 70 miles south of Douglas, Ariz. Many of the church’s members were born in Mexico and thus have dual citizenship.

It would not be the first time that members of the breakaway church had been attacked in northern Mexico, where their forebears settled — often in Chihuahua state — decades ago.


In 2009, Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who was related to those killed in Monday’s attack, was slain in neighboring Chihuahua state.The victims belonged to the LeBaron family from a breakaway Mormon community that settled in the hills and plains of northern Mexico decades ago.

Two relatives Alex and Julian LeBaron told Reuters nine people had died, though a government source only confirmed five.
Julián LeBaron says 7 children remain missing
It was unclear what motivated the killings, which took place on Monday on a dirt road between Chihuahua and Sonora states, both bordering the United States.

A video posted on social media showed the charred and smoking remains of a vehicle riddled with bullet holes that was apparently carrying the victims when the attack happened.

“This is for the record,” says a male voice in an American accent, off camera, choking up with emotion.

“Nita and four of my grandchildren are burnt and shot up.”

Reuters could not independently verify the video.

Mexico has been hit by a wave of attacks in recent weeks, shocking even for a country inured to a decade of drug war violence. The most notable incident was a military-style cartel assault that forced the government to release a leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in October.

Given U.S. citizens were killed on Monday, the incident may increase pressure from Washington on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to rein in armed groups. There was no immediate indication of who was behind the attack.



Gunmen kill Mormon family members in north Mexico


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gunmen have killed up to nine members of a U.S. Mormon family, believed to be mainly children, in the latest massacre to afflict Mexico, family members said.

The victims belonged to the LeBaron family from a breakaway Mormon community that settled in the hills and plains of northern Mexico decades ago.

Two relatives Alex and Julian LeBaron told Reuters nine people had died, though a government source only confirmed five.

It was unclear what motivated the killings, which took place on Monday on a dirt road between Chihuahua and Sonora states, both bordering the United States.

A video posted on social media showed the charred and smoking remains of a vehicle riddled with bullet holes that was apparently carrying the victims when the attack happened.

“This is for the record,” says a male voice in an American accent, off camera, choking up with emotion.

“Nita and four of my grandchildren are burnt and shot up.”

Reuters could not independently verify the video.

Mexico has been hit by a wave of attacks in recent weeks, shocking even for a country inured to a decade of drug war violence. The most notable incident was a military-style cartel assault that forced the government to release a leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in October.

Given U.S. citizens were killed on Monday, the incident may increase pressure from Washington on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to rein in armed groups. There was no immediate indication of who was behind the attack.

“WE DON’T KNOW WHO DID IT”

Chihuahua and Sonora state governments issued a joint statement saying an investigation had been launched and that some people were presumed dead and others missing.

The statement noted additional federal and local security forces were being sent into the area near the border between the two Mexican states, but did not provide further details.

Julian LeBaron described the incident as a “massacre,” saying some family members were burnt alive. In a text message, he said other injured members of the family were being transported to Phoenix, Arizona for treatment.

He said four boys, two girls and three women were killed.

“We don’t know why, though they had received indirect threats. We don’t know who did it,” he said.

Several children who fled the attack were lost for hours in the countryside before being found, Julian LeBaron added.

“My cousin was murdered with her children in the truck,” Alex LeBaron said, adding he believed nine people died.

In 2010, two members of the Chihuahua Mormon community, including one from the LeBaron family, were killed in apparent revenge after security forces tracked drug gang members. The Mormons had suffered widespread kidnappings before that.

Mormons of Germanic origin settled in northern Mexico in the 1920s from the United States. The group broke away from the mainstream Mormon church when it abandoned polygamous marriages.

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau, who traveled to Sonora earlier on Monday for unrelated work meetings, said he was following the incident closely.

“The security of our co-nationals is our great priority,” he said on Twitter.

The U.S. embassy in Mexico did not immediately respond to a request for more information after hours.


 Addendum from El Diario Chihuahua

Unofficially, several names of mortal victims of the LeBaron community were announced, who were killed in the limits of Chihuahua and Sonora. They were located yesterday at noon, after a bloody confrontation between cartels in that area of ​​Sonora.


Dawna Langford, 43.
Kylie Evelyn, 14.
Devin Blake, 13.
Trevor Harvey, 11 years old.
Mckenzie Rayne, 9 years old.
Cody Greyson, 7 years old.
Jake Rider, 6 years old.
Xander Boe, 4 years old.
Rogan Jay, 3 years old.
Brixon Oliver, 10 months.
Christina Langford and her baby




101 comments:

  1. CDS Plaza. Only a few hours from Agua Prieta, Sonora that is under absolute Sinaloa control.

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    1. Not true this area is also under heavy influence of La LineA .. as a matter of fact this family have been targets of La Linea in Chihuahua for over a decade .. Eric Lebaron was killed in 2009 for ties with a cocaine trafficking group

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    2. @6:50 no bro just stop. It was gente nueva for sure...those shapitos are done for.

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    3. Sinaloa cartel hardcore territory period. It was Sinaloa.

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    4. i live near nogales, and guarantee that area is sinaloa territory. which ever splinter group did this will pay dearly, guarantee!

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  2. Amlo should be arrested, he came in and stripped funding from many federal protection forces in small communities leaving them at the hands of narcos. This was most likely CJNG since they killed women and kids so cold hearted.

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    1. Which cartels are trying to dominate that area? Would not surprise me if it was the baby killer cartel. ALMO has been letting it get out of hand, not much is being done on the 14 policemen, that were killed by CJNG, what are ALMO s 240 special forces doing? Playing poker...
      El Perin de Tamp

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    2. Nope sinaloa killing innocents once again.

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    3. The problem with your theory is that CDS has the state of Sonora under its umbrella. It's time for people to admit and accept CDS is not some kind of innocent cartel. In fact CDS just opened up another can of worms and someone at the top will pay the price.

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    4. Amlo the problem . The Idiota needs to turn it over to the Army.Or the needs to overthrow Amlo

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    5. That's the problem with Sinaloa nutthuggers. They will never admit their cartel is as bad or worse than the rest when it comes to killing innocents or children.

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    6. 6:25 no matter the state, if woman, children or the elderly are killed always blames CJNG. Troll

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  3. More wood to the fire

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  4. Told everyone Sinaloa kills innocents including children. They silence anyone that is not in favor of them.
    CDS special forces Delta trained killed them. Just ask the smartass Sicario 006.

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    1. 6:25 hey smartass it could off been done by rival groups to bring heat which wouldn't be surprising,linea,cjng,blo, u pick..

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    2. 7:23. It was not and you fuckin know it.

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    3. It was cds you fool!

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    4. It's funny how everybody thinks they know who doing it...and it might be the people that you think that less likely did it...cough U.S. cough

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  5. Given as to how the U.S. government has worked in other countries in the past and given how the DEA and CIA covertly works in Mexico this is begenning to sound that the U.S. could have carried out these attacks so that they can use that as an excuse to send in troops to Mexico.
    Not out of the world of possibilities.

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    1. Say dude you seem to know alot, love your theories... will I live to be 80? I am 40 and don't smoke.

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    2. That’s my thinking to bringing more problems to CDS ther the ones that are going to get blamed regardless of who really did it the United States has something going on in Mexico and they been making it seem like the cartels are highly elite trained military soldiers ready to invade the United States at any time what a joke the people need to see threw the bullshit and realize that the cartel is the government

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    3. it’s not the 1960’s bro!

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    4. you are either a borderline retarded or just are that desperate to believe your own bs

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    5. 7:00 the truth hurts?

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    6. Not out of the question..could be

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    7. Best theory out there

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    8. 7:04 it is CDS territory. Nobody but the government or they could have done it.

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  6. I would bet Los Salazares

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  7. Off subject, but moms group searching in puerto penasco find 4 more remains, threatened by armed gunmen to stay out of area

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  8. Ahhhhh so brown people mass kill white people again. Will we be reading later an article describing this brown on white mass killing as racial motivated Chivis??? Or nah???? Seems mass killing crazies come in all colors and flavors...

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  9. Salazares gonna blame el h2 of la linea

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    1. Agree, fucking cds are pieces of shit

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  10. This family minded thier own business, had no weapons to defend themselves, this cowardly cartel is going to be put on the radar, why they did not put a narcos manta to claim fame on this one.? Bunch of low life hoodlums.

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  11. Sonora is out of control, es mucho para los Chapitos. Salazar vs quinteros plus la línea pushing

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    1. La Linea is not invading Sonora or has plans to do this. This is Sinaloa bastion.

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    2. La Línea has some involvment in Sonora

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    3. Linea has no involvement in Sonora and much less to the extent of having armed men then in masses to committ these crimes or worse.

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    4. @2:49 are you for real?
      La linea has people in Navolato Sinaloa, I wouldn't doubt them making incursions into Sonora which is right next door...

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    5. 7:05 Carrillos are from Sinaloa that is why they exist in Sinaloa. Nothing to do with Sonora. Linea only wants Chihuahua. Sonora is hardcore CDS territory!

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  12. 6:33AM - You are clearly a f**king idiot. Your failed state of Meh-he-ko led by your failed socialist leader AMLO - ARE IN POINTED FACT clearly unable to govern. Hello - the U.S. doesn’t need to gin up some excuse to act - just look at the stories posted on this site each and every day...what excuse do they need? The present reality is all the rationale needed given how close these events are to U.S. borders. But don’t worry - we will not be going into Mexico to do shit without Mexico publicly requesting it. This is just a great opportunity for our president to remind everyone how utterly dumb weak ass socialist policies are and how idiotic your stupid ass president is. Here’s a serious question - what the hell were you all thinking electing this clown? Hugs not bullets? LMFAO.

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    1. If you think this violence is the result of AMLO's election you are clearly the fool.

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    2. Tell me then, why has violence gone up under AMLO? You think his policies are working? See the body count.

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    3. Violence went up because CJNG decided to go on a nationwide rampage of murderous violence

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  13. Gente nueva del jaguar posing as linea members trying to taint ncdj name

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  14. Gente nueva del jaguar posing as linea members trying to taint ncdj name

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  15. Dirty bastards!! No matter what cartel!!

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  16. That family has been in other conflicts with the organized crime. There is videos of them talking about CARTELS
    The truth is those mormons are fighting for control BECAUSE THEY ARE A MORMON MAFIA!!
    There has been THOUSANDs of families getting killed like this IN M3XICO but IT TAKES A U.S WHITE MORMON FAMILY TO MAKE HEADLINES?? WTF
    Nevertheless R.I.P the children don't deserve that

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    1. Yeah who gives a fk if they are us us citizens, they know better how dangerous it is down there, everybody gots to get la mordida, it is sad and unfortunate that kids were involved and In my opinion blame the parents for putting them in that situation. El LP

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    2. They have been at war with them for a while and they grow their own shit too

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  17. No pos wow,now expect the US to use this as an excuse to enter Mexico... always sad to see kids die specially like this... ironically weapons n ammo used were American as well...

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    1. They are only down there cuz polygamy isnt legal in the states.

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  18. US special forces and military will eliminate them fast, just give them permission. They have the intel to spy and find them. They will be deem as the new American threat, ISIS, Taliban. Terrorism

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    1. The Cartel r terrorists, but the U.S.needs to stay out Mexico. Amlo is program will take 5 more years. Give Amlo a chance he for the pobres.

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    2. Fuck amlo in five yrs a quarter mil more of your paisas will be dead if not more. If we are not gonna even entertain the idea of legalization. Then lets fight this war like a war our army has more than enough experience they would plow through these fools like a bull in a china shop. Would be nice to see a actuall drought of drugs available in u.s cause anytime theres been a high profile killing or arrest thats "supposed" to cripple cartel. I can still buy any illegal street drug within 10 min of my house. Wtf

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    3. 5 man kill teams....

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  19. If anyone of you guys are familiar with any YouTuber's, these are family members of Juan Lebaron, he has a huge following on his AlmostEpic YouTube Channel. He has lots of videos visiting his family in Mexico where all this occurred.

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    1. first thing i thought of was that guy, his channel blew up recently but i had no idea he had something to do with it

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    2. His name is Juan Gonzalez not Juan Lebaron

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  20. Cds plaza but let's be real, ALL CARTELS KILL WOMEN AND CHILDREN
    The woman killed was no saint THOUGH YOU EVER HEAR OF THE MORMON MAFIA LOCATED IN CHIHUAHUA??

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  21. Bro y’all got bodies piling up by the hour, mass graves getting uncovered on the reg and cartels punking the shit out of your lame ass government and weak ass president and you want to talk about the Morman Mafia? LOL gtfoh

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  22. I got chills reading president trump's twitter post this morning. Action is coming and it's going to be swift and at the hands of the United States. No more fucking around with these animals, nothing seperates them from isis aside from their nationality. Purge them all, for every act such as this, there needs to be a act of 10x greater force on those responsible and their families. No time to wait, no time for mexico to handle their own issues which we all know they cannot.

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    1. Would the U.S get help from Russia or China to help them with the drug epedimic and get the American capos? NOT
      The U.S has problems but will never fix them because they are too busy looking at other countries being nosy
      Why don't they fix the police shooting problem?
      If the U.S goes to Mexico it will make it worse

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    2. @7:59...well said my friend.

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    3. The day America invades mexico is the day Russia and China will becomes Mexico’s best friends.

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    4. 6:16 China has plans for Mexico,and it doesn't include mexicans.
      If the Chinese let you live,you will miss America and Americans.

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  23. Big mistake by whichever group did this no matter if the mormons are corrupt or not. The only headline I’ve been reading is 9 or 10 US citizens killed by cartels and every major network is running it.

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  24. Shoot out in Agua Prieta few hrs later wonder if it was the caravan of lina driving through on way to Agua Prieta and confused them for cartel... sad day

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    1. There was a shoot out in Agua Prieta earlier that morning at 3am, and then the horrible incident with this family later in the day. I was not aware of another shoot out after the family incident.

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    2. The surviving children said one of the vehicles [they were going to a wedding in chih] broke down. they saw a car coming so one of the mothers got out and waved for help----sadly they asked help of the wrong people.

      clearly their executioners could see the cars were filled with 4 mothers and 11 kids

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    3. @8:10 bs linia wouldnt go near agua prieta, the policia are pigs in that area they Would Lie for gente nueva and say the family was mistaken

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    4. @8:10 La linea is not fighting or nowhere near Agua Prieta this was all Gente Nueva they probably thought they was dea like that American tourist that was killed in Urique

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    5. 12:35 years ago,a kidnapped American bodybuilder,who escaped,said the police ARE the cartel.

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  25. I think its time for the United States to step in. MEXICO can not deal with these cartels. Corruption and lack of law enforcement is making Mexico look weak and a government with no balls. When you murder innocent people including kids that is just plain evil.

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    1. I totally agree with you 💯 percent, but check out the latest article by BB staff, ALMO does not want help from USA, that he can deal with the cases, flat out lier, so many Innocents have died.
      Luna Apagtha

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    2. USA has stepped in many times, Chapo guzman, Beltral leyva, Golfos,Fast & Furious,.. if we're talking about direct military action then we're talking about a delicate situation it's not like flying a drone over a desert like Afghanistan through an isolated area & then shooting off a missle. we're talking about populated areas & deep infiltration by the DTO's. one bullet lands in the wrong place & it can turn into a shitstorm real quick

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    3. If you think innocent people are dying now wait until the U.S.A gets involved. We talk about baby killer cartels but the U.S reigns supreme when it comes to killing innocent women, men and children. Don't believe me, ask Snowden, Bradley Manning, Assange and all of those in the middle east who have been victims of U.S intervention.... it's easy for all of you to beat the war drums when it's not your immediate families lives at stake, when the drones aren't dropping the bombs in your backyards.

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    4. Anywhere USA intervenes around the world things get 100 times worse . People have no memory.

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    5. The UN needs to be involved. US presence would more than likely be reconnaissance drones, intel, special forces, and infantry checkpoints. It is very unlikely it would be tanks rolling out and boots on the ground, THAT part is Mexico’s job.

      To dismiss help outright is only benefiting DTO’s and those taking their bribes.

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    6. 5:26 p.m., In an ideal world, the U.N. would have already been involved, but it seems like the U.N. fails spectacularly at the reason for their existence.

      There are conflicts around the world that have been completely ignored or dismissed by a U.N. that has been infiltrated by some of the world's worst human rights violators.

      I agree with you when you say that Mexico's best interest would be to ask the U.S. and other nations for help. Unfortunately, I don't believe that Mexico would ever put aside national pride long enough to ask.

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  26. sigan calentando el estado pendejos se les van a cargar ambos gobiernos

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  27. It's the Sinaloa Cartel, Amlo has giving them control

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  28. Very sad for the families. Pray for them

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    1. Why? Praying just makes the people doing it feel better for doing nothing. It’s time to stop praying and start doing. Serious discussion needs to happen, openly and widely.

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  29. This was gente nueva for sure...chapo is done for now that the US is going to be involved. Got fam in buenaventura and everyone knows it was faggot ass shapitos that did it...now theyre going to pay and wiped out.

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    1. Shut up stop making bs up you people are dumb you think they would be heating things up like that they have bigger things tp worry about

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    2. @1:09 and why Would linea/blo heat things up too? This place is close to el charco where el tintin commands its pretty obvious some fracción fron Sinaloa did this

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  30. Gente nueva del jaguar

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  31. So where is Sicario 006 in this shit? He sure has alot to say when his cartel is favored in the news.

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  32. Just the kinda headline the US has been waiting for ...it's a wrap for the cartel's now...how stupid can these sicarios be...its tight on all cartels now.

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    1. Have you noticed no cartel has claimed responsibility. Have our noticed no manta. They are in hiding in the caves, like the other cowardly cartels. You can't hide this one under the rug

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    2. Exactly why I dont think the Cartels were responsible for this .

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    3. We’ll see, unfortunately I don’t think this will change anything

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  33. Seeing all of this on the nightly news - the grandfather of the children crying etc. is devestating. I truly cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like for the citizens of Mexico who deal with this 1,000,000x over. Truly my heart breaks for the citizens of Mexico that have endured pain and suffering I pray I never have to know. No human life deserves to be snuffed out by such violence.

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  34. enough, U.S must declare War, millions have died and suffer on both sides without action.

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  35. To all you mensos that right away jump in to say it was CDS smh ...they arrested the suspect member of la linea..que tanto les arde a ustedes de Sinaloa? I just don’t get all the hate to that particular group

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