Mormon victims in Mexico reportedly 'shot at point-blank range'


In total, 9 people, all with dual nationality of US and Mexico, were annihilated, including 3 women and their 6 children, aged between 8 months and 14-years old, in an ambush on a convoy of 3 vehicles the family members were traveling in.

Heavily armed Mexican authorities guarded a caravan of friends and relatives as they arrived at the site where nine Americans were gunned down on Monday.

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.

Its gunmen had meant to attack rivals, but killed the American women and children by mistake, it was said. Some dual-nationality families headed for the safety of the United States on Saturday after the last of their dead were buried. Their trucks were loaded with boxes, bicycles, and other belongings.

The families are part of a large group of US Mormons who emigrated to Mexico in the late 19th century, fleeing persecution for their traditions, including polygamy.

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. -Mexican citizenship who consider themselves Mormon but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "There was no mistaken identity", Taylor Langford, a nephew of one of the women killed, told the news outlet.

Mourners filed past to view the bodies and pay their final respects to Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 2.

Of the children who escaped, one was shot in the face, another in the foot.

Back in Seattle, Bostwick said her social media posts on the massacre had connected her with distant relatives in Mexico.

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But LeBaron said shell casings were found very close to the SUV, and the mother's checkbook was discovered about 10 yards (meters) from the wreck, suggesting that somebody approached the SUV before it burned, "which means the vehicle was not on fire and these people torched it". "To be able to make those kind of decisions under those circumstances is something not a lot of people can say they can do". Another girl, who was initially listed as missing, walked off in another direction, despite her gunshot wounds, to get help.

Steven Langford, who was mayor of La Mora from 2015 to 2018, said he expects the killings to have a major effect on the community.

Having to move so suddenly feels like something he's seen in the movies, but he never thought would happen to his family, Langford said. He said most of the families are traveling to Phoenix, and others are heading to Tucson. They are not sure where they will settle down in the long term, Langford said. But according to survivors who hid in a nearby woods, one of the women was shot outside her vehicle with her hands up.

On Wednesday, victims' relatives were escorted to the place their loved ones died.

"They spent the whole day yesterday packing".

She said Mexico had to bury its pride and accept help from the United States or a group of nations.

Rosa LeBaron Abbate, another woman who left the fundamentalist faith, said hard times were coming for Colonia LeBaron and La Mora.

The population of La Mora had dwindled in recent years, with some keeping homes but only visiting a few times a year, Langford-Staddon said.

"They didn't get far before realizing they would be risking death, since there had been continual shooting for hours, all over the mountains near LaMora", Miller said.