Mormon Church’s LeBaron Family Sues Mexico’s Juarez Drug Cartel After Deadly Ambush That Killed Nine

Mormon Church’s LeBaron Family Sues Mexico’s Juarez Drug Cartel After Deadly Ambush That Killed Nine

More than eight months after nine Americans from a prominent local Mormon family were killed in northern Mexico during a deadly ambush, their family members are suing the drug cartel allegedly responsible for the “coordinated assaults.” 

The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court of North Dakota Western Division last week, claims that the Juarez Cartel in Mexico “attacked” several family members of the LeBarón family because they were wealthy, vocal critics of the cartel who staged anti-cartel demonstrations. The lawsuit reveals horrific new details, including efforts by two children, including a 9-year-old girl shot in the arm, to walk miles and fend of snakes in order to find help. 

The LeBaron family belongs to a Mormon offshoot group that had settled in Bavispe in the Mexican border state of Sonora more than 50 years ago. Officials said three cars packed with mothers, kids and babies were heading to the Mexican state of Chihuahua on November 4, 2019, when they came under heavy gunfire that left the vehicles burned out and riddled with bullets. Three women and six children, including 8-month-old twins, died in the horrific attack. 

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