Mourners Hail Two Victims Killed by Mexican Hitmen

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 10, 2009 3:28 AM CDT
Relatives and friends attend funeral services for Benjamin LeBaron and Luis Widmar.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – More than 1,000 mourners yesterday honored two men who were tortured and murdered in retaliation for helping Mexican authorities nab drug gangsters, reports Reuters. Gunmen broke into Benjamin LeBaron's home in northern Mexico earlier this week, tortured him in front of his family and shot him dead along with his brother-in-law. LeBaron was part of a large breakaway Mormon community that originally settled in Chihuahua in the 1920s. Members have been increasingly targeted by Mexican drug gangs in kidnappings.