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A drug boss has died after he was hanged from a bridge years after his family were burned alive in cartel revenge killings.

José de Jesús Luna, also known as El Pelón Luna, has been identified after he was found suspended on the International Highway Bypass Bridge on the border between Mexico and the United States on Sunday (April 17 ).

Pelón Luna was a hitman for the criminal organisation Los Salazar, which is linked to the Sinaloa Cartel that operates in the state of Sonora.

Authorities confirmed his body was found alongside another person who was also pronounced dead. A note signed by rival cartel Plaza was located at the scene.

The attack comes after Pelón Luna had managed to survive a group of him men who stormed into his home in a bid to execute him in September 2019, reports Infobae.

He escaped but his son Dayron Jesús, 8, his partner Perla Verónica, 31, and his brother Christian Abel Luna tragically died after the house was set on fire.

In an earlier statement, the attorney General's Office of the State of Sonora said: "Members of the #MesaEstatalDeSeguridad attended #CódigoRojo for the discovery of two dead bodies, at 00:25 hours this Sunday, April 17, in complete suspension.

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“Staff of the #FiscalíaDeSonora processed the place, so far the identity of the two males is being investigated, in the area various indications were collected, among which is a poster with a letter addressed to a criminal group."

It was later confirmed that Pelón Luna was one of the victims, reports Reforma newspaper.

The Sonora Prosecutor's Office added: “Dispute between criminal groups, first line of investigation. As José de Jesús, el Pelón Luna, one of the people located this morning in suspension on the bridge was identified, he has several criminal records."

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