When the 56-year-old mother-in-law of David Sanchez Luna (pictured below) was tortured and killed after venturing out of her small Mexican community encircled by drug cartels, he let his seven- and ten-year-old daughters receive military-style weapons training.
Left: Community police agent Uriel Sanchez carries a shotgun as he works in a cornfield. Right: A community police agent shows a corncob from his corn field.
CRAC-PF repelled a major attack by Los Ardillos in January 2019, but residents live in fear of the siren, a community alarm system, going off again.
Farmers tend their corn fields with shotguns slung on their backs, while armed CRAC-PF militiamen keep guard and patrol their territory round the clock.
David Sanchez Luna's wife, Alberta, sobbed as she described receiving her mother's body riddled with torture marks.
"It's terrible what's happening to us," she said, wiping away tears.
PHOTO EDITING MARIKA KOCHIASHVILI; WRITING Drazen Jorgic; TEXT EDITING Daniel Wallis; LAYOUT JULIA DALRYMPLE