A Childhood in Northern Mexico: Looking Back In The Wake of the LeBaron Tragedy

3 children posing near the summit of Pajarito mountain, Chihuahua.
Me and my younger brothers exploring the summit of El Pajarito, 1979.

My family’s odyssey in Northern Mexico almost ended as soon as it started — parked on a dark highway, surrounded by men with machine guns.

Last week, I watched as news broke about the cartel attack on relatives of the LeBarons, a fundamentalist Mormon family traveling through the Mexican state of Sonora, feeling like I’d been…