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Family of 9 slain Mexican-Americans sues Juarez drug cartel

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 14:24:10-04

(AP) -- Family members of nine women and children from an offshoot Mormon community who were killed in Mexico in November have filed a federal lawsuit against the Juarez drug cartel.

They accuse the cartel of carrying out the attack in retribution for publicly criticizing and demonstrating against the cartel.

A lawyer representing the family members said they initiated the lawsuit to show the Juarez cartel was responsible for the Nov. 4 slaughter and to seek damages.

It's not clear whether representatives of the cartel would appear in court to defend against the lawsuit.