MEXICO CITY – Gunmen mowed down the family of a Mexican marine just hours after the military honored him as a national hero for losing his life during a raid that took down powerful drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva.
The brazen attack happened shortly before midnight Monday at the home of fallen marine Melquisedet Angulo in the town of Paraiso in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco, police said.
Hit men linked to Beltran Leyva's cartel have a strong presence in the state and are believed to be behind the slayings of Angulo's mother, his two siblings and his aunt, federal officials said Tuesday. Another unidentified woman was being treated at a hospital for unspecified wounds.
President Felipe Calderon called the attack "a cowardly act" and vowed to press forward with his nationwide drug fight involving more than 45,000 troops.
"We will not be intimidated by criminals without sc
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