November 6, 2019
One of the families killed
The kids below are confirmed to be dead. The babies too.
Other Mormons were possibly kidnapped, raped, and who knows what else.
At least three American mothers and six children from a Mormon family were killed in a shooting in the Mexican border state of Sonora on Monday in an attack blamed on drug cartel gunmen.
Seventeen family members from the LeBaron and Langford families were ‘ambushed’ eight miles apart while heading to celebrate a wedding anniversary in three cars from La Mora – a decades-old settlement founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In horrific scenes, gunmen opened fire on one child running away before torching a car as family members burnt to death while trapped inside. Other young children managed to escape and hid by the roadside while a mother was shot in the chest as she put her hands up to surrender.
Relatives fear some of the victims may have been raped.
One family member said a boy concealed his wounded siblings – some less than a year old – in bushes before he ran back to the nearby town to get help after his mother was gunned down.
One of the women shot dead was Christina Langford, 29, who saved her seven-month-old baby’s life by throwing her to the floor of their SUV as bullets tore through the vehicle.
The motive for the attack is not yet clear, although it is possible it was an attempted kidnapping. A family member reported receiving a phone call hearing screams before a killer executed them.
The religious group has had previous run-ins with organized crime cartel in the area, including one member being killed. However one family member they believe it was mistaken identity.
In last night’s massacre, Rhonita Maria LeBaron was traveling to Phoenix when her car broke down, according to relatives.
Gunmen opened fire and torched her vehicle causing the gas tank to explode where she died along with her twin six-month-old babies, Titus and Tiana and two more of her children Krystal, 10, and Howard, 12.
Eight miles ahead, Christina Langford Johnson, 29 , Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and two of Dawna’s children, Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3, were also killed in other SUVs. Other family members are still unaccounted for.
Christina’s seven-month-old baby Faith was found alive on the floor in the backseat and seven of Dawna’s children escaped with bullet holes riddled throughout their bodies, according to relatives.
One of the mothers is said to have got out her car during the siege and put her hands up to surrender before attackers ‘shot her point blank in the chest’.
They are shooting at a family vehicle with a family inside, they don’t want your surrender, woman!
A video posted by a relative on social media shows the charred remains of the Chevy Suburban. It had been burned following an explosion and was smoldering, with bullet holes visible in the paneling.
‘This is for the record,’ a male voice with an American accent can be heard saying while filming the clip. ‘Nita and four of my grandchildren are burnt and shot up.’ Reuters could not verify the video.
Meanwhile, worried relatives posted on social media that they feared many had been kidnapped and raped. Trish Cloes wrote: ‘These women were possibly brutally raped. Please keep them in your prayers.’
Kenny LeBarón, a cousin of the women driving the vehicles, told the New York Times: ‘When you know there are babies tied in a car seat that are burning because of some twisted evil that’s in this world. It’s just hard to cope with that.’
Meanwhile Lafe LeBaron described the horrifying scene as his relatives were shot dead or scrambled to safety from the attackers.
He wrote on Facebook: ‘It is with heavy hearts and unspeakable sadness we inform you that the 2 missing Mothers Christina Langford and Dawna Langford along with many of their precious INNOCENT children have been slaughtered and gone to their Rest.
‘We’ve had no help from the powers and authorities that be as of yet ….one of the older boys escaped with six of his siblings and he was able to run home to La Mora Municipio Bavispe Sonora Mexico after leaving his wounded, bleeding, and bullet ridden brothers and sisters hiding behind trees from the ongoing shootout between the cartels.
‘Teenagers and adults have been scrambling into the mountains to find our loved ones risking their very own lives…. while help is nowhere to be found.’
‘Rhonita Miller and her 4 children were shot up and burned to death in this vehicle and at this very moment there are TWO more suburbans with 2 of our families totaling 2 wives and 10 children that are missing and/or kidnapped by the cartel….. We need help immediately!!…’
Authorities in Sonora state and the U.S. Embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
What help are they hoping to find?
Mexico is pretty much run by the cartels. The Mexican “government” can’t even arrest them. They recently had to release one of El Chapo’s sons because the cartels were massacring random people.
How can these Mormons or anyone expect the Mexican government to stand up to the cartels after that?
It is clear by now who holds the power there.
Countries should just start ignoring the Mexican government and embassies and ask the cartels to set up some embassies of their own. Just go straight to the cartels for diplomacy and whatever other international stuff they need to talk about.
There is no point in pretending Mexico is a normal country.