FBI investigating killing of U.S. women and children in Mexico
Framed by heavily armed Mexican authorities, relatives of the LeBaron family mourn at the site where nine U.S. citizens, three women and six children related to the extended LeBaron family, were ambushed near Bavispe, at the Sonora-Chihuahua border, Mexico, Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
MEXICO CITY - FBI agents are in Mexico helping investigate the fatal shootings of nine American women and children in northern Mexico last week.
FBI spokeswoman Lauren Hagee said Tuesday that agents are “providing assistance at the invitation of the Mexican Government.”
“The FBI remains committed to working alongside our international partners to help bring justice to the perpetrators of this heinous act of violence,” Hagee said in a written statement.
A Mexican federal official says FBI agents have been in Mexico since Monday, adding that they were unarmed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to provide details.
On Monday, Mexico's top security official said arrests were made in the Nov. 4 killings of the dual U.S.-Mexican citizens, but he did not say how many people were arrested or what organization they belong to.
Authorities believe the victims were killed by cartel members. Many victims' extended family members have since left La Mora, Mexico, and are living in Utah.
An 8-year-old boy who was shot in the jaw is still hospitalized and will have surgery again this week after doctors discovered a bullet lodged in his hip.
Associated Press writer E. Eduardo Castillo reported this story in Mexico City and AP writer Astrid Galvan reported from Phoenix.