10 years back, a relative of the Americans slaughtered in Monday’s Mexican drug cartel massacre was killed in a neighboring state, presumably by an individual thought about a bloody hit man.
Masked males impersonating authorities killed anti-crime activist Benjamin LeBaron, 31, in Chihuahua state after kidnaping his more youthful bro, Eric, from his home in 2009.
” We’re living in a war zone, but it’s a war zone with little kids running all around in the lawn,” another bro, Julian LeBaron, informed The Seattle Times at the time.
Loved Ones of the LeBarons were amongst the 3 females and six kids killed in an ambush Monday in Sonora, blamed on drug cartel shooters who may have opened fire in a case of mistaken identity. The victims, who held dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship, remained in 3 cars on a mountain roadway. Eight children survived the attack. The youngest of the victims were 8-month-old twins and a 2-year-old boy.
Charged drug trafficker Jose Rodolfo Escajeda, center, presented to the media in Mexico City, in2009 Rodolfo Escajeda and other members of the Juarez cartel were apprehended in Casas Grandes, Mexico. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images, File).
Monday’s victims came from a religious neighborhood in northern Mexico that was founded decades ago as a spin-off of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Before he was killed, Benjamin LeBaron, 31, led demonstrations of his young sibling’s kidnapping. The cartel later on released Eric LeBaron without its $ 1 million ransom demand being fulfilled, Mexican officials said.
A number of months after the murder, Mexican soldiers caught the suspected killer, Jose Rodolfo Escajeda.
Escajeda was thought about one of the bloodiest hit man in the crime-ridden state of Chihuahua and a leader of the effective Juarez cartel, Reuters reported.
Eventually, Escajeda was extradited to Texas stemming on charges stemming from a drug-smuggling attack throughout the Rio Grande that led to an armed fight with law enforcement officers.
Court records showed Escajeda pleaded guilty to drug charges in 2011 and was sentenced to 35 years in jail.