FBI Assisting with Investigation into Mexican Drug Cartel Massacre; Arrests Made

‘The FBI remains committed to working alongside our international partners to help bring justice to the perpetrators of this heinous act of violence…’

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Family and friends attend the burial service of Christina Langford Johnson. / PHOTO: Associated Press

(Associated Press) FBI agents are in Mexico helping investigate the fatal shootings of nine American women and children in northern Mexico last week, likely by drug cartels.

It remained unclear whether the dual U.S.–Mexican citizens were targeted or whether it was a case of mistaken identity.

FBI spokeswoman Lauren Hagee said Tuesday that agents are “providing assistance at the invitation of the Mexican Government.”

“The FBI remains committed to working alongside our international partners to help bring justice to the perpetrators of this heinous act of violence,” Hagee said in a written statement.

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A Mexican federal official says FBI agents have been in Mexico since Monday, adding that they were unarmed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to provide details.

On Monday, Mexico’s top security official said arrests were made in the Nov. 4 killings, but he did not say how many people were arrested or what organization they belong to.

The families were part of a commune of separatist Mormons that long ago left the U.S. after being persecuted for polygamist beliefs. However, citing safety concerns, many of the victims’ extended family members have since left Mexico and are living in Utah.

An 8-year-old boy who was shot in the jaw is still hospitalized and will have surgery again this week after doctors discovered a bullet lodged in his hip.