Mormon anti-kidnap activist kidnapped and murdered

A leader of the Mormon community in Galeana, Chihuahua, Benjamín Le Barón, was kidnapped and murdered. He had mobilized the community to demand government protection after a plague of kidnappings in the Mormon and Mennonite settlements in the state starting last year and after his younger brother was kidnapped in April. His brother was rescued by the authorities, and the Army arrested 25 alleged kidnappers. Benjamín Le Barón’s body was found with a note saying his killing was payback for these arrests. The Bajo Reserva column noted:

This valiant man declared he would not pay ransom and began a dignified march to demand from state and federal authorities that which every citizen deserves: security. …  But yesterday, the hope of this citizen (and of a people) were reduced to  ruins. Rest in peace, Benjamín. And with him departed a part of a dream for a more just nation.

(Reforma 7/7, Universal 7/8)

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