Here is an excerpt from Daniel Newhauser and Dan Shearer's article in The Sahuarita Sun:
"Two of the three people arrested in connection with the May 30 murders of an Arivaca man and his daughter headed up a splinter Minuteman group, and were looking for drugs and money to fund their efforts to keep illegal immigrants and drug runners out of the country, sheriff’s officials said.Jason Eugene Bush, 34, was arrested Thursday in Kingman; Shawna Forde, 41, was arrested Friday south of Sierra Vista; and Albert Robert Gaxiola, 42, was arrested Friday afternoon in Tucson. All three have been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of aggravated assault in connection with the murders of Raul Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia. Flores’ wife was shot during the incident but managed to shoot one of the intruders... Officials said Forde is associated with the Minutemen American Defense group and that Bush and Gaxiola, who is from Arivaca, are associates of Forde. The group is not associated with the national, 12,000-member Minutemen Civil Defense Corps... Within Minuteman group circles, Forde is controversial... Hal Washburn, vetting officer for Washington state chapter of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, said Forde was encouraged to leave the group over questions about honesty and her inability to follow orders, according to the story. San Diego Minutemen lists Forde among people they won’t work with, calling her 'unstable.'" Link to Full Article
Analysis: I was just getting ready to type that this story isn't normally the type of incident I provide commentary for, but the circumstance is so unusual and fascinating that I just couldn't resist. Forde is obviously a disturbed individuals with paranoias and extreme views regarding immigration and border security. It's incredibly sad that a man - regardless of his involvement in the drug trade - and his nine year-old daughter had to die because Forde felt justified in funding her operation by stealing drug money and killing drug dealers.
Regardless of how you feel about the official Minutemen organizations, I think it's important that they've made a quick and concerted effort to distinguish themselves from Forde's group. The MCDC does not condone murder or even violence (as far as I know), and I believe their funding comes primarily from donations. Forde's kind of vigilantism makes her and her group no better than the narco-thugs she claims to abhor. Reportedly, the plan was to kill all witnesses, and it's difficult to think that Forde and her two accomplices were sick enough to include a nine year-old in that plan; it can't be said if they knew a child would be in the home. When bullets are flying (the male victim's wife returned fire), anything can happen. But, regardless of how bad drug dealers and DTO members and enforcers are, nothing (in my opinion) justifies this kind of counter-drug vigilantism on US soil.