Mexican Authorities Capture Presumed 'Intellectual Author’ Of 2019 Massacre In La Mora

Published: Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 4:47pm
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Mexican authorities have arrested a man they say was behind an attack that left nine women and children dead on a rural road just south of the U.S. border in 2019.

Mexican officials say recently arrested Leonel Toscano Cuevas, known as “El Tolteca” was the "intellectual author" of the Nov. 4, 2019 massacre of three women and six children from the Sonoran community of La Mora.

"We have practically arrested everyone who participated now," President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during a press conference Thursday morning.

But some family members aren’t satisfied.

Adrián LeBarón, whose daughter and four grandchildren were killed in the attack, announced Wednesday night on Twitter that he had been informed of the arrest. He said he's glad to see one more criminal off Mexico's streets. But added that he believes there are many more people involved who have yet to be captured, and he is still waiting to see "El Tolteca" and others who have been arrested sentenced for their crimes.

LeBarón said that massacre laid bare the reality that Mexico is "incapable of guaranteeing the life of its people," because the government has been unable to stop criminal groups.

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