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World Mexico Mormon attack: Family and authorities piece together what happened to mothers and children in massacre

16:20  07 november  2019
16:20  07 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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MEXICO CITY — Three women and six children from a prominent local Mormon family were killed on Monday in northern Mexico , family members said, when gunmen believed to be But Monday’s killings seem to have hit a new low, with infants, children and their mothers massacred in the road.

The FBI has offered to assist Mexican authorities in the investigation, CNN reports. A group of three mothers and their 14 children had set off in a convoy of three cars from Bavispe in Sonora state and were heading to the neighbouring state of Chihuahua. What happens to your body in extreme heat?

A member of the Lebaron family looks at the burned car where part of the nine murdered members of the family were killed and burned during an ambush in Bavispe, Sonora mountains, Mexico, on November 5, 2019. - US President Donald Trump offered on November 5 to help Mexico © HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images A member of the Lebaron family looks at the burned car where part of the nine murdered members of the family were killed and burned during an ambush in Bavispe, Sonora mountains, Mexico, on November 5, 2019. - US President Donald Trump offered on November 5 to help Mexico "wage war" on its cartels after three women and six children from an American Mormon community were murdered in an area notorious for drug traffickers. (Photo by HERIKA MARTINEZ / AFP) (Photo by HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

All that was left for family members to sift through when they arrived at the scene of a massacre in Mexico on Monday were ash, bones and a car -- ablaze and riddled with bullet holes.

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U.S. relatives of murdered Mormon women and children in Mexico speak out. In a rush of chilling audio messages, the family tried to piece together what had happened to the trio of mothers and the 14 children accompanying The stranded children were discovered with the help of authorities .

Authorities said eight children from the party of 17 were found alive after escaping from the The attack happened near Rancho La Mora on the border between Sonora and Chihuahua, the Who was the family killed in Mexico ? According to Staddon, three mothers and six children died in the

Just that morning, they had seen the three women and their 14 children off to visit family, traveling together for safety. Now, loved ones and investigators are piecing together what happened in the remote mountains where the women and six of their children were killed.

The dual US-Mexican citizens were driving through a remote area in the mountains on the border between the Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua. They had left the La Mora community, which appears to be a group of fundamentalist Mormons separate from the mainstream Church of Latter-day Saints. One journeyed to pick up her husband, another to meet her husband and move to North Dakota and the third to visit family in the neighboring state of Chihuahua, relative Kendra Lee Miller said.

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At least three women and six children from an American Mormon community in northern Mexico have been A wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were When asked who might be responsible, Mr Lebaron said the attack took place in a "war zone"

Children were among the victims in a massacre attributed to organized crime. MEXICO CITY — At least five members of a prominent Mormon family were killed on Monday when their vehicles were ambushed in northern Mexico by gunmen believed to be members of organized crime, officials said.

The three had returned to the family ranch after one of their cars got a flat tire and set off on their way again, Miller said. Miller's brother was fixing the flat when he saw an explosion and rushed to the scene.

The family, their community, the Mexican government and the US government are now all working to understand what happened to the family and why. Here is what happened based on the accounts of the Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo and a commission ordered by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to investigate the attack:

9:40 a.m. local time Monday: The first vehicle carrying Rhonita Miller and her four children, aged 12, 10 and 8-month-old twins, was ambushed, the Investigative Commission said Wednesday. None of the passengers survived. Durazo's account states that the families began their journey around this time.

11 a.m.: The second and third vehicles were attacked, the commission said. One was driven by Dawna Ray Langford. Of the nine children she had with her, two were fatally shot along with her. The third vehicle was driven by Christina Marie Langford Johnson, who had her infant daughter in the car. The baby survived, but Christina did not. Durazo disputes this timing, saying that the families were ambushed at 1:00 p.m. local time.

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On Tuesday, several of the injured children were flown in for treatment at a hospital in Tucson, and family members tried to piece together what Family members have begun returning to the United States. Some of them are no longer willing to adhere to the community’s strict religious practices, Mr

At least five US citizens, a mother and four children , were killed in northern Mexico on Monday, in an attack carried out by unknown gunmen. According to Mexican media, the casualties were members of the LeBaron family , descendants linked to a breakaway Mormon community which settled in the

1:18 p.m.: Durazo said a family member, Julián LeBarón, alerted the National Guard about the attack and requested support.

6 or 7 p.m.: Search efforts begin for the children who survived. Durazo's account sets this an hour earlier than the commission's.

8:30 p.m.: The commission says that five surviving children were given first aid. About 15 minutes later, the commission says they were taken to a hospital in Bavispe, Mexico. The infant was found in her car seat on the floor of her mother's car surrounded by bullets but uninjured, Kendra Lee Miller said. The five children had been hidden in nearby bushes by their 13-year-old brother, who had walked about six hours back to the family ranch, she said. One of their sisters was not with them.

9:45 p.m.: The last surviving child -- a missing girl -- is found, the commission said. Miller said the 9-year-old had left to find help. Another family member said they found her with her feet swollen and covered in blisters from walking.

11:40 p.m.: Air transportation takes five of the children and two family members to a Red Cross ambulance in Agua Prieta, the commission said.

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12:05 a.m. Tuesday: The Secretary of National Defense confirmed the deaths of three women and six minors, Durazo said.

12:30 a.m.: Those transported arrive in the US for care, the commission said.

Mistaken identity or targeted attack?

Officials and family members have been at odds over whether this was a case of a cartel mistaking them for a rival or if the family was a target.

Kendra Lee Miller, who lost her sister-in-law in the attack, said "cartels have taken too many of our family members."

She said cartels had recently threatened her family over where they can travel.

"They had stood up to the drug cartels, and they did have certain frictions either with the cartels or with neighboring communities over water rights," Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda said.

But Lafe Langford disputed Castañeda's description of his family.

"It's so far from the truth. The only thing they were activists for was their children, the education of their children and their homesteads," Langford said.

"(Castañeda) said something about a conflict over water rights. We live on a river. We have all the water we could ever need."

A suspect arrested, but manhunt continues

On Tuesday, Mexican authorities announced the arrest of a suspect in relation to the massacre. But Wednesday, Durazo said investigators have learned the suspect was not involved.

Authorities did not say whether the individual has been released.

While the investigation unfolds, authorities in the US and Mexico have different theories on who might be responsible.

Chihuahua Attorney General César Peniche Espejel said he believes the newly formed Los Jaguares cartel, an offshoot of the infamous Sinaloa drug cartel, may be behind the massacre.

"These very cartels of Sinaloa, after the arrest of Guzman 'El Chapo,' have suffered fragmentations," Peniche Espejel said.

But a US official said Tuesday that a rival cartel called La Línea is under scrutiny.

Mexico's security strategy called into question after Mormon killings and other violence .
After three women and six children were slaughtered on a remote dirt road in Mexico, relatives and members of their small religious community stood around the smoldering carnage for hours before local authorities arrived. © CNN CNN's Matt Rivers visits the site where a family of Mormons were massacred in Mexico. The horrific broad-daylight crime stunned even a country long ravaged by drug violence and on pace for a record high number of homicides this year. A convoy carrying women and children -- dual US-Mexican citizens -- ambushed and sprayed with hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

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