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Municipal police chief arrested over Mexican Mormon massacre

Municipal police chief arrested over Mexican Mormon massacreMexican authorities have arrested a municipal police chief for his suspected links to the killing of three women and six children of U.S.-Mexican origin in northern Mexico last month, local media and an official said on Friday. Suspected drug cartel hitmen shot dead the nine women and children from families of Mormon origin in Sonora state on Nov. 4, sparking outrage in Mexico and the United States. Several Mexican media outlets reported that law enforcement agents arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, police chief of the municipality of Janos, which lies in the neighboring state of Chihuahua, on suspicion of involvement in the crime.



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Municipal police chief arrested over Mexican Mormon massacre

Municipal police chief arrested over Mexican Mormon massacreMexican authorities have arrested a municipal police chief for his suspected links to the killing of three women and six children of U.S.-Mexican origin in northern Mexico last month, local media and an official said on Friday. Suspected drug cartel hitmen shot dead the nine women and children from families of Mormon origin in Sonora state on Nov. 4, sparking outrage in Mexico and the United States. Several Mexican media outlets reported that law enforcement agents arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, police chief of the municipality of Janos, which lies in the neighboring state of Chihuahua, on suspicion of involvement in the crime.



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Mexican president meets with Mormon massacre victims' families

Mexican president meets with Mormon massacre victims' familiesMexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met Monday with relatives of nine Mormon women and children who were massacred in northern Mexico last month to discuss progress in the investigation. The November 4 killing of three women and six children from a breakaway Mormon community with dual US-Mexican nationality, caused shock on both sides of the border, and increased pressure on Lopez Obrador’s government to show it is acting against brutal violence by drug cartels. “They presented the progress they’re making in the investigation and the cooperation between Mexico and the United States on the case,” one relative who attended the closed-door meeting, Lenzo Widmar, told AFP.



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Mexico massacre unites Mormon sects, even their exiles

Mexico massacre unites Mormon sects, even their exilesThe 35-year-old Seattle homemaker had spent much of her life trying to keep away from her parents’ self-described fundamentalist branch of the Mormon faith and Colonia LeBaron – her polygamist father’s Mexico community where some of the massacre victims were from. “The massacre has simply allowed me to support and love family,” said Bostwick, a convert to Christianity, whose mother was 15 when she gave birth to her, and who was later adopted by her U.S. grandparents. The Nov. 4 killings have traumatized northern Mexico’s breakaway Mormon communities.



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After burying last victims, some in Mexico's breakaway Mormon community head north

After burying last victims, some in Mexico's breakaway Mormon community head northMembers of a breakaway Mormon community tucked in the hills of northern Mexico buried the last of their dead on Saturday after a devastating massacre, and some headed for safer ground in the United States. Hundreds of friends and family from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border gathered in rural Colonia LeBaron to honor Christina Langford, who died in an ambush on Monday that killed nine.



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After burying last victims, some in Mexico's breakaway Mormon community head north

After burying last victims, some in Mexico's breakaway Mormon community head northMembers of a breakaway Mormon community tucked in the hills of northern Mexico buried the last of their dead on Saturday after a devastating massacre, and some headed for safer ground in the United States. Hundreds of friends and family from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border gathered in rural Colonia LeBaron to honor Christina Langford, who died in an ambush on Monday that killed nine.



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Remains of five more victims of Mexican Mormon killings are buried

Remains of five more victims of Mexican Mormon killings are buriedRancho La Mora (México) (AFP) – The remains of a Mormon woman and her four children murdered in northern Mexico were taken by road Friday from their home village to be buried in a family plot in Chihuahua state. A convoy of vehicles bearing the coffins of Rhonita Miller and her children left Rancho la Mora, in the border area between Mexico’s violent northern states of Sonora and Chihuahua, for the family’s burial plot in the LeBaron neighborhood in nearby Galeana. Miller and her children died with four other people in a hail of bullets Monday on a rural road in the lawless region.



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Why offshoots of the Mormon church fled to Mexico

Why offshoots of the Mormon church fled to MexicoA deadly ambush in Mexico highlights the long history of fundamentalist members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the country.



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US victims in Mexico attack from Mormon offshoot community

US victims in Mexico attack from Mormon offshoot communityThe nine women and children killed by drug cartel gunmen in northern Mexico lived in a remote farming community where residents call themselves Mormon — descendants of former members of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints who fled the U.S. to escape the church’s 19th century polygamy ban. Many of the families living there trace their origins to the community of La Mora to the 1950s — and some have much deeper roots. While many La Mora residents identify as Mormon, they also consider themselves independent from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Cristina Rosetti, a Mormon fundamentalism scholar and expert.



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At least nine American Mormon community members killed in Mexico

At least nine American Mormon community members killed in MexicoAt least three women and six children from an American Mormon community in northern Mexico have been killed in an ambush in an area notorious for drug traffickers and bandits, a relative said. The government deployed the army to fight drug trafficking in 2006, but experts blame the so-called "drug war" for the spiraling violence between fragmented cartels and the military, which has lead to more than 250,000 murders. Julian Lebaron said his cousin was traveling with her four children to the airport when she was attacked and shot in Rancho de la Mora, an area near the US border.



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