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A year after nine members of a fundamentalist Mormon family lost their lives in a massacre in Mexico, authorities have announced the arrest of a suspect with alleged ties to organized crime.
The Mexico Attorney General’s Office announced the arrest Wednesday of a man they referred to as “Alfredo L” for murder, attempted murder and damage and committing crimes as a member of organized crime.
Authorities believe the suspect played a role in the Nov. 4, 2019 ambush of a convoy of family members outside La Mora, Sonora. Three women and six children were killed in the massacre.
The victims had dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship and were all believed to be part of the Le Baron family.
Dawna Ray Langford had been traveling with her nine children when she was shot and killed. Two of her sons, Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3, were also killed while the remaining children in the vehicle survived the massacre, according to The Daily Mail.
Her 13-year-old son Devin would later recount hiding his injured siblings in bushes to try to protect them before making a 14-mile trek back to the family’s home in La Mora to get help.
“Every one of them were bleeding really bad,” he later told “Good Morning America” of his injured siblings. “So I was trying to get in a rush to get there.”
Rhonita Miller and four of her children, including 8-month-old twins Tiana and Titus, 12-year-old Howard Jr. and 10-year-old daughter Krystal, also died in the ambush.
Christina Marie Langford Johnson was also killed. Her 7-month-old daughter Faith Langford survived the shooting.
In the year since the slayings, which made international headlines, authorities have arrested 12 suspects linked to the attack. Only one, Jesus Parras, had been charged in connection with the massacre, according to The Daily Mail.
Adrián LeBaron, whose daughter Rhonita and four grandchildren died in the attack, has been a vocal critic about how the investigation has been handled.
“In Mexico if you don’t do a follow up on an investigation, it dies,” LeBaron told the news outlet. “And that is one of the biggest reasons that most of the investigations die in Mexico. So we learned that and we won’t let it fall [apart].”
LeBaron and his wife Shalom LeBaron are now raising three of his daughter’s children, who hadn't been in the vehicle at the time of the attack.
LeBaron told The Daily Mail that the children are still traumatized by the horrific loss of their mother and siblings.
“The toughest thing for me and Shalom is they are still jumping in bed at night and the oldest one has nightmares and it’s bad,” he said. “He always crawls into the bed, especially with the grandma. So it hasn’t been easy there. They miss their mother.”
LeBaron said his life now revolves around trying to get justice for his family and not letting the horrific crime—and his daughter’s life—be forgotten.
“She was always present as much as she could,” he said. “With her, everything came together in the family. We miss her a lot because she was that type of ingredient that would always bring us together time after time.”
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