Jose Lara Wiki – Jose Lara Biography
Jose Lara is believed to be a Mexican cartel member, who has been arrested for the massacre of three US Mormon mums and their six children.
Lara was captured by security forces in Ciudad Juárez, a Mexican city on the Rio Grande, on Wednesday – on the first anniversary of the massacre.
His age is unclear.
Three Mums Murder Case
Lara, believed to be a member of a gang working with the Juárez Cartel, was busted on Wednesday in connection to the massacre of the families on a remote road in Bavispe, Sonora, on November 4 last year.
Rhonita Miller LeBaron, 30, was killed with her son, 13, daughter, 11, and 7-month-old baby twins.
The 30-year-old mother is survived by her husband and three other children.
Christina and Dawna Langford, 43, and two of Dawna’s children, Trevor, 11, and Rogan, three, were also killed.
Community members said Christina was killed after she jumped out of her vehicle and waved her hands to show she was no threat to the gunmen but was shot twice in the heart.
Her daughter Faith Marie Johnson, who was six months old at the time of the attack, was found unharmed in her car seat.
The victims were all US citizens who lived in La Mora, a decades-old settlement in Sonora near the US border, about 70 miles south of Douglas, Arizona.
They are understood to have family ties to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – a Mormon religious group that believes in polygamy.
Family members describe themselves as part of a Mormon community of about 3,000 members, living in their own agricultural community in Mexico.
After the killings last year, community members branded the alleged cartel members as “worse than ISIS”.
Jose Lara Arrested
The Attorney General’s Office announced the arrest of the suspect, who is accused of being “a member of a criminal organization with a presence in the north of the country”.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, Lara is the 13th person to have been arrested by Mexican authorities following last year’s attack.
Before Lara’s arrest, Jesús Parra was apprehended in June and indicted on a homicide charge in September.
Police have reportedly issued arrest warrants for 10 more people for charges of homicide but none of the suspects have been convicted yet.
One of the victim’s father said he had mixed emotions because the convictions have not happened yet and he did not want to place all of his hopes on Mexico’s court system.
Lara is charged with homicide, attempted homicide, and involvement “with organized crime for the purpose of committing crimes against health.”