CHIHUAHUA Mexico (Agencies) – The FBI has joined the investigation into the murders of the three women and six children a week ago in a desolated road in northwest Mexico. The killings have shaken the Mormon community that has lived near the Mexico-US border for decades.
Mexican government said the US Federal investigators, offered their assistance in examining the deaths of the dual Mexican and U.S. citizens.
“The FBI remains committed to working alongside our international partners to help bring justice to the perpetrators of this heinous act of violence,” the FBI said in a statement.
Still, major questions remain about the motive and identity of the perpetrators. Suspects have been arrested in connection with the massacre of nine members of the LeBarón family in Sonora last week, Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said yesterday Monday 11 of November, but declined to reveal the name of the criminal organization to which the alleged perpetrators belong.
Mexican authorities claim the families were not targeted but instead mistaken for a rival gang by a drug cartel. Some local reports highlight the family’s dispute with Mexican farmers over water well drilling as a potentially important backdrop for understanding the massacre. Family members of some of the victims have said that the deaths were planned and deliberate.
Mexican authorities have said that more than 200 cartridges from assault weapons were found at the crime scene. Sources from the FBI say that perhaps their involvement “comes too late” and could complicate the investigation. One of the major issues mentioned is the fact that the crime scene may be forensically compromised with Mexican law enforcement, medical and military personnel, as well as the press, entering the site.
The Yucatan Times