Authorities in Mexico have arrested two other suspects in the 2019 massacre of nine Mexican-Americans in the northern state of Chihuahua, prosecutors reported Sunday.
Elements of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic identified the suspects only with the first names Wilbert and Tomás, in accordance with the rules of presumption of innocence.
The first faces several counts of murder, while the second charges of organized crime.
With the arrests announced on Sunday, the number of suspects arrested in the case increased to 20, and several more warrants remain pending. Both were arrested in the town of Nuevo Casas Grandes, in Chihuahua.
Three women and six minors who belonged to the extended Langford family, LeBarón and Miller were killed in an ambush orchestrated by suspected hitmen of a drug trafficking organization on November 4, 2019.
A member of the Lebarón family recalled her mother’s pain when she held her daughter’s body.
Initial investigations suggested that a group of armed men from a drug cartel in Ciudad Juárez, bordering the United States, mounted the ambush to assassinate members of a rival group.
However, relatives of the victims say that, at one point, the hitmen must have realized who they were killing.
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