Twenty days have passed since an armed group ambushed a convoy of women and children from the LeBarón family who were traveling on a rural road in Mexico, taking the lives of nine of them. The unprecedented massacre has marked an unparalleled point in the wave of violence that is shaking the country and that has bloodied the family with roots on both sides of the border.
Faced with the helplessness and pain that the tragedy has left, members of the LeBarón family have made a dramatic call to the White House for the United States government to declare the drug cartels that operate on both sides of the border as terrorist groups and to be persecuted as such.
"The cartels control the flow of opioids, heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, ultra-lethal fentanyl and other illicit drugs that are smuggled into the US from Mexico," said the petition released on Sunday 24 through the official website of the White House.
“With resources that seem limitless it has been shown that it is impossible to stop them. They maintain human trafficking networks (…) kidnap and extort almost complete impunity. Their acts of violence and assassinations without restraint have crossed our borders and generated an international crisis”, continues the request. "They seek political power to create a narco-state in Mexico."
“We cannot continue with the same failed policies that are used to combat organized crime. They are terrorists, and it is time to recognize it!”, Closes the dramatic appeal that is endorsed by almost 100,000 signatures.
The LeBarón Langford family massacre occurred on November 4 when members of the family were traveling in a three-car convoy at 1:45 pm on the rural road of Las Moras, Bavispe municipality on the border of Chihuahua with Sonora, to the north of Mexico.
Unknown people ambushed the vehicles inside which were the bodies of Kendra Christina Marie Langford Johnson, 29; Dawna Langford, 43; Trevor Langford, 11; Rogan Langford, 2; Rhonita Miller, 30; Howard Miller, 12; Krystal Miller, 10, and 8-month-old twins Titus and Tiana Miller.
Miraculously Devin Langford, 13, managed to escape and walk about 14 miles to the La Mora ranchería, where his family lived, to ask for help for his brothers, whom he hid with branches and brush.
On November 11, an interview was broadcast on the ABC network where the minor recounted the horrors experienced and remembered his beloved mother, Dawna, who lost her life in the incident. "She was a good person. [She was] a brave woman who tried to save her children."
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