Who Are the LeBarons?

Nine members of the LeBaron family were horrifically murdered in Mexico this week. The prominent Mormon family has a dark and complicated history over the generations — this is their story.

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The 9 Americans killed in a horrific attack in northern Mexico were members of the LeBarón family. The Mormon family has lived in Mexico for generations. After the Church of Latter-day Saints ended polygamy in 1890, some families moved to Mexico. They formed fundamentalist Mormon communities in Chihuahua and Sonora. In the mid-1880s and late 1880s, Brigham Young was expanding the colonization in the U.S., as well as into Mexico. And in 1885, 4,500 people went down and established colonies down there. And when the revelation not to practice polygamy continued, then several groups were separated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,”

Alma Dayer LeBarón moved to Mexico in 1924 and established Colonia LeBarón in Chihuahua in the 1940s. The LeBarón family moved out of the original church because they wanted to keep following the law of plural marriage. His son, Ervil LeBarón, formed his own church that believed in blood atonement — The right to kill those who have sinned. Ervil and his cult-like followers murdered at least 25 people across the U.S. and Mexico — including Ervil’s brother, Joel. In 1980, Ervil was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a rival polygamist leader. He died in prison in 1981. The LeBarón family then spread throughout the U.S. and northern Mexico — vast areas of which are known for cartel activity.

In May 2009, 16-year-old Eric LeBarón was kidnapped and held for a $1 million ransom. He was released despite the family refusing to pay. But a few months later, Benjamin LeBaron and his brother-in-law Luis Widmar were killed by cartel gunmen. Benjamin LeBaron had spoken out against the traffickers and asked for police protection. Cartel gunmen are suspected of the November 2019 attack that killed 3 women and 6 children and left 8 others injured. The victims were from La Mora, Sonora — a Mormon farming community independent from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It has a population less than 1,000 and is about 70 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.


11/07/2019 11:57 PM


  • Adan R.
    01/30/2020 14:55

    Los lebaron son vender hasta a su familia y nomas han venido a.robar tierras y chingar a México así es que si usa es más seguro pues lo más lógico es que se vayan pero no quieren dejar su mina de oro y menos que ya vieron que hay litio .una familia si tienen como de 6 u 8 por favor si fue mal la masacre pero tiene un fin político y de interé dinero no me vengan los griegos que allá no ay corrupción por favor

  • Edgardo A.
    01/27/2020 05:52

    They deserve it

  • Edgardo A.
    01/27/2020 05:52

    Deben ser asesinados los de más lebarones. Son ladrones no son mexicanos. Por lo tanto acatan nuestras leyes o al infierno

  • Rejays P.
    12/31/2019 15:29

    Why we are focusing on this family, if we have thousands of people in Mexico getting killed like that , I’m not saying is fine but this family killed to many people too so ?

  • Jose V.
    12/30/2019 04:52

    Cartel Agenst Cartel they dont Day that thow 😏

  • Alejandro L.
    12/29/2019 21:33

    Una historia obscura ,,,,este encabezado en esta historia suena ridiculo,,,ya que clasifiquen a los narcos como terroristas,,,pero también que el gobierno norteamericano ,,,lo piense bien ,,,porque se les va a caer el super negociaso de venta de armas ,,,un negocio multimillonario

  • Antonia M.
    12/29/2019 03:38

    Agua y litio en medio!!!

  • Pepe V.
    12/29/2019 01:45

    Aca los esperamos

  • Tina Z.
    12/28/2019 03:49

    First this people are Mexican by birth stop saying American if they wanted to be us citizens just pack your items go back where you can be happy 😃

  • Maria L.
    12/27/2019 22:42


  • Franco A.
    12/27/2019 17:02

    Yeah let’s just support a sex cult... all y’all are some sheep

  • Abraham R.
    12/27/2019 16:54

    Este tipo de crímenes suceden en ambos lados la maldad no respeta fronteras !

  • Saul R.
    12/25/2019 16:33

    Por algo fue .. no creo k por buenas gentes

  • Rocio M.
    12/25/2019 02:56

    They where Laundrying money for the cartel and terrorized the whole town. And stealing all the water. Worse they put their kids in danger. Not your country . Not your rules . Don’t use this as an excuse to invade or send troops to “fight” cartels .

  • Jesus C.
    12/24/2019 04:38

    Most of the guns and ammo were American made in that tragedy, same that kills thousands of Mexican civilians. And they have been making themselves rich and soon or later was going to catch up with them. Is it because of the Lithium they found while looking for other resource.

  • Lester N.
    12/21/2019 11:28

    Didn’t Missouri kick these inbred Europeans out in the eighteen fifties? The ones that have come back are just as evil.

  • Michelly V.
    12/20/2019 15:37

    O que eu tentei explicar aquele dia.

  • Mariano R.
    12/18/2019 23:37

    Poor people, The problem is many people in this country use to much drugs, drug addicts.

  • Calvin M.
    12/18/2019 21:13


  • Abner B.
    12/18/2019 17:10

    Le dieron donde mas le duele

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