Mexican ‘cartel member’ held over massacre of three Mormon mums and six children

A "Mexican cartel member" has been arrested over the horrific killings of three US Mormon mothers and their six children.

José Lara was allegedly part of an armed gang that ambushed a fleet of three SUVs on a remote mountainous road a year ago.

Christina Marie Langford Johnson was murdered after she stepped out of her vehicle to confront the shooters in Bavispe, Sonora.

Her seven-month-old daughter Faith Langford survived the massacre by members of La Línea on the morning of November 4, 2019.

Dawna Ray Langford, who was driving her SUV with her nine children, was shot and killed after she was intercepted near Langford Johnson's vehicle.

Her two sons, Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3, were assassinated, while the other seven children escaped, including five who were wounded.

Approximately 10 miles down the road, an SUV driven by Rhonita Miller was shot up, killing the 30-year-old mother and her four children – eight-month-old twins Tiana Miller and Titus Miller, Howard Jr. Miller, 12, and Krystal Miller, 10.

The vehicle was then torched with the family inside by the armed gang which is linked to the Juárez Cartel.

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Mexican police announced that José Lara was arrested by security forces in Ciudad Juárez on Wednesday, on the one-year anniversary of the bloody incident.

He is accused of being "a member of a criminal organization with a presence in the north of the country, and is a likely participant in the events".

Lara is the 13th person arrested by Mexican authorities since the attack and is charged with homicide, attempted homicide and for his involvement with organized crime for the purpose of committing crimes against health.

Jesús Parra was apprehended in June and in indicted on a homicide charge in September. The other 11 suspects have been charged with belonging to a criminal organization.

Mexican authorities have also issued arrest warrants for 10 individuals, who are wanted on homicide charges.

Adrián LeBarón, whose daughter Rhonita Miller and four grandchildren were among the victims, told DailyMail.com that he woke up Friday with mixed emotions racing through his mind since none of the suspects have been convicted.

While he is thankful for the work investigators have done, he did not want to place all of his hopes on Mexico's court system.

He said: "I have to have gratitude and be grateful because it is the case that has received the most justice in all of Mexico. So I should be thankful and I am not.

"I do not have much to be thankful for, even if it is the case that has made the most progress in the administration of justice. So what does that mean to me? Well, we are well screwed, but at the same time they say that I should be grateful."

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