A “Mexican member of the cartel” has been arrested for the horrific killings of three Mormon mothers from the United States and their six children.
Allegedly, José Lara was part of an armed gang that a year ago ambushed a fleet of three SUVs on a remote mountain road.
Christina Marie Langford Johnson was assassinated in Bavispe, Sonora after she got out of her car to question the gunmen.
On the morning of November 4, 2019, her seven-month-old daughter, Faith Langford, survived the massacre by La Línea participants.
After being intercepted near the Langford Johnson car, Dawna Ray Langford, who was driving her SUV with her nine children, was shot and killed.
Her two sons, 11-year-old Trevor and 3-year-old Rogan were killed, while seven other children survived, including five who were injured.
An SUV driven by Rhonita Miller was shot down about 10 miles down the road, 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, respectively.
The vehicle was then torched by an armed group affiliated to the Juárez Cartel, with the family inside.
Mexican police announced that on Wednesday, on the one-year anniversary of the bloody incident, José Lara was arrested in Ciudad Juárez by security forces.
“He is accused of being” a member of a criminal group in the north of the country with a presence and is a probable participant in the events.
Lara is the 13th person arrested after the assault by Mexican authorities and is accused of murder, attempted homicide and organized crime activity for the purpose of committing crimes against health.
Jesús Parra was apprehended in June and charged in September on a murder charge. The remaining eleven defendants were suspected of belonging to a criminal group.
Mexican authorities have also released arrest warrants against 10 people who are wanted on charges of homicide.
Adrián LeBarón, whose daughter Rhonita Miller and four grandchildren were among the victims, told DailyMail.com that, because none of the perpetrators had been sentenced, he woke up Friday with mixed emotions running through his mind.
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.”