July 10th, 2009
06:08 PM ET

Americans slayed in Mexico

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/07/10/mexico.americans.killings/art.mexico.coffin.afp.gi.jpg caption="Mourners carry the coffin of Benjamin LeBaron, 32, on Thursday in the Mexican state of Chihuahua."]


Mexican officials said they have identified two suspects in this week's slayings of two Americans in northern Mexico.

A security camera at a toll booth near the municipality of Galeana captured images of the suspects, Chihuahua state Attorney General Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez said Thursday, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.

Gonzalez declined to name the suspects, other than to say they belong to a crime organization known as "La Linea" (The Line).

The toll booth cameras show four trucks or sport utility vehicles in which 12 suspects were riding, she said.

No arrests had been reported by Friday.

Benjamin LeBaron, 32, and his brother-in-law, Luis Widmar, who was in his mid-30s, were beaten and shot to death after armed men stormed into their home Tuesday morning in Galeana.

Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the Chihuahua attorney general's office, said earlier this week that a note was found on LeBaron's body but he could not confirm the contents.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Mexico
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Ruby Coria LA., CA.

    This Mexican madness is only going to get worst, they messed up the country with all the cartels fighting among each other, now it's harder to get the drugs into the states, now they are kid napping, because there is no money, no jobs, & no one will go to beautiful Mexico, it could be beautiful, but it is ruin now. Not only the Flu killed Mexico..

    July 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  2. yvonne

    Some people just don't get it. Are your lives that miserable that you can never see or find the good in anything. this comment is referencing President Obama and Mr. Micheal Jackson etc.?

    July 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    I admire their spirit – if they kill 100 another 100 will step up. If they can manage to carry that off and not get discouraged and quit then perhaps the cartel will go elsewhere. At least these individuals are keeping attention on the cartel and that isn't good for business – the fact the cartel had them killed shows that they must be doing some good against the cartel – if they weren't then why bother with killing them? Good luck to them.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:40 pm |
  4. sam

    first obama makes me ill.
    2nd bring on the stimulas...i need it. I love my grandchildren but i am not worried about them they have parents to do that. I took care of mine they can take of their.s Whi is going to take care of us seniors now?????> I want some mo money.

    Why are so many people worried about what is going to happened to the future generations....Hey We most like ly won't be there, so why worry. Worry about the now and what you can do now-if you can't or won't then take you Stimus and enjoy.....

    When you are gone you are gone and can't worry about it. Lets face it anyway seniors our kid and grandkids most of us, they don't care what happens to us now. If the elderly can't help them, then the kids and grandkids are too busy for you, so worry about yourslef and bring on some more Stimulas. Let the other generations worry about uthemselves.. ENJOY>

    July 10, 2009 at 6:16 pm |