Mexico Arrests Several Suspects in Massacre of Nine Members of Mormon Family

Protesters hold a banner in support of the LeBaron family.

Mexico’s government said Sunday that it had detained several suspects in the slaying of several members of a fundamentalist Mormon sect with dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship.

An official with the office of Mexico’s attorney general told The New York Times that multiple suspects had been detained Sunday in an operation, though no other information was immediately available. The arrests followed the detention of another suspect in Mexico City earlier this month, according to the newspaper.

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador did not address the arrests Sunday at a public event celebrating his first year in office, but firmly stated that his government would not accept assistance from U.S. military forces on battling drug traffickers.

“We won’t accept any kind of intervention. We’re a free and sovereign country,” he said, according to the newspaper.

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SOURCE: The Hill, John Bowden