CNN’s Ray Sanchez reports that the recent murder of nine members of a Mormon family has spotlighted an American-Mexican community with long ties to the region. The splinter Mormon group was fleeing persecution in the United States when they arrived in Mexico nearly 140 years ago. “They have a very vivid sense of their own history of persecution, which is not imaginary. Now it’s the cartels. And all they’ve wanted to do is live independently and according to their values,” said Laurie Maffly-Kipp, a professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, which publishes this journal.