Brutal deaths of North Dakota mother, 4 kids in Mexico ‘heart-wrenching,’ says state senator who knows family

MEXICO CITY — A Williston, N.D., woman and four of her children were among those killed during a series of brutal attacks in northern Mexico on Monday, Nov. 4, according to a family member’s Facebook post. The onslaught has sent shock waves through two countries and prompted impassioned responses from political leaders.


Kenny LeBaron posted that his cousin, Rhonita Maria Miller, and four of her children were among nine U.S.-Mexico dual citizens killed. LeBaron, who lists Dickinson, N.D., as his place of residence on Facebook, said Miller lived in Williston.

LeBaron did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forum News Service.

North Dakota state Sen. Jordan Kannianen (R-Stanley) said he met the family several times last year and the beginning of this year at church in Stanley, about 70 miles east of Williston. They didn’t know each other well, but Kannianen’s wife, Elizabeth, and Miller shared a bond, he said. Miller was pregnant with the twins at the time, and Kannianen had already given birth to a pair of her own.