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Mexico Will Work With U.S. After Sonora Mormon Murders

Alfonso Durazo
Rodrigo Cervantes/KJZZ
Mexican Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection Alfonso Durazo.

MEXICO CITY —  After Monday’s attacks in Sonora, Mexico, where three women and six children from a binational Mormon community were murdered, the Mexican government has promised to reinforce gun trafficking operations, while collaborating with its American counterparts.

Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard said during a press conference that the government is committed to solving the case and bringing justice to the affected families.

"The community has dual citizenship, so Mexico and the U.S. will work together," Ebrard said, specifying it will be just like they did after the El Paso shooting in August.

Ebrard explained Mexico will allow the U.S. authorities to access the investigation files. The Attorney General’s Office will determine if support from the FBI or other U.S. authorities is required at some point.

Secretary of Security Alfonso Durazo said that part of the investigation includes weapons trafficking, as the guns used for the attack were most likely from the U.S.

"Gun trafficking has allowed criminal groups to grow their capacity in Mexico," said Durazo, stating that 70% of their weapons come from the U.S.

"Mexican and U.S. agencies are preparing to soon launch a program to seal the borders against weapon contraband," Durazo said.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.