Mexico Will Work With U.S. After Sonora Mormon Murders

Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 2:24pm
Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 2:27pm
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Mexican Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection Alfonso Durazo.
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Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard.

MEXICO CITY — After Monday’s attacks in Sonora, Mexico, where three women and six children from a binational Mormon community were murdered, the Mexican government has promised to reinforce gun trafficking operations, while collaborating with its American counterparts.

Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard said during a press conference that the government is committed to solving the case and bringing justice to the affected families.

"The community has dual citizenship, so Mexico and the U.S. will work together," Ebrard said, specifying it will be just like they did after the El Paso shooting in August.

Ebrard explained Mexico will allow the U.S. authorities to access the investigation files. The Attorney General’s Office will determine if support from the FBI or other U.S. authorities is required at some point.

Secretary of Security Alfonso Durazo said that part of the investigation includes weapons trafficking, as the guns used for the attack were most likely from the U.S.

"Gun trafficking has allowed criminal groups to grow their capacity in Mexico," said Durazo, stating that 70% of their weapons come from the U.S.

"Mexican and U.S. agencies are preparing to soon launch a program to seal the borders against weapon contraband," Durazo said.

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