Published: Sun, November 10, 2019

Mexico massacre: Boy, 13, hid siblings, walked 23km looking for help

Mexico massacre: Boy, 13, hid siblings, walked 23km looking for help

On that day, gunmen in two separate ambushes stopped vehicles filled with Mormon women and children.

Relatives of the victims rejected the mistaken identity theory, arguing that shell casings and personal belongings found near the torched auto suggest the attackers came close and made sure everybody was dead before igniting the vehicle.

"Just a routine trip out of town to the US, and unfortunately this tragic event occurred", LeBaron said. Government officials say more than 200 bullet casings found at the scene were manufactured by an US -based gunmaker and are commonly used in military-style assault rifles. Although family members said they believe the victims were targeted. But Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador rejected that approach, saying his predecessors waged war, "and it didn't work".

It happened in a hail of bullets Monday on a rural road in violent Sonora state along the U.S. border. She was killed along with two of Devin's younger brothers, 11-year-old Trevor Langford and 2-year-old Rogan Langford.

Kendra Miller, a relative, wrote that the baby's vehicle seat "seemed to be put on the floor by her mother to try and protect her. ..."

As bullets began to pummel the first auto, a white Chevrolet Suburban, Christina Marie Langford Johnson stepped out waving her arms to show that they were not gang members, according to a family statement based on reports from the surviving children.

"She gave her life to try and save the rest", Miller wrote.

A girl, who was initially listed as missing, walked off in another direction, despite her gunshot wounds, to get help.

Rhonita Miller and four of her children - eight-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, ten-year-old daughter Krystal and 12-year-old son Howard - were all killed.

"The government's main policy tool, the National Guard, is not where it should be", Hope said, noting that Sonora and Chihuahua states, with over 160,000 square miles between them, have only about 4,100 National Guard officers stationed there, or about one for every 40 square miles.

The lack of law enforcement in rural areas like the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora once led the dual U.S.

Julian LeBaron, yet another relative of the sufferers and a neighborhood activist, said he'd welcome outside help to discover the killers, including he did not believe Mexico's government was effective at stopping violence and impunity. But several are still recovering, including 8-year-old Cody, who according to a relative, will not be able to talk for six weeks following surgery where his jaw had to be wired shut.

They pride themselves on being bilingual citizens of both Mexico and the United States. Search parties later found her, the families said.

Our president denounced the murders, tweeting that "a wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels who were shooting at each other..."

"They shot us up, burned our vehicles to send a smoke signal into the sky", Langford said, arguing that the gang's goal was to draw the Sinaloa gunmen into battle.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who visited the site of the attack, said Mexico was sharing information about the case with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The suspect was found in Agua Prieta, at the border with Arizona, holding two hostages.

But those killings - which sparked a further crackdown on cartels - also showed how much worse things have become: No children were killed back then.

"I mean, what they went through, what they experienced, I don't - we don't have the capacity just to imagine what these children went through".

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