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At least 9 American Mormons, including 6 children, killed in cartel ambush in Mexico

At least nine Mormon U.S. citizens — including six children, some of which were babies — were killed in a highway ambush in the Mexican border state of Sonora Monday. The gunmen are believed to be members of a cartel from Chihuahua who encroached on another cartel’s territory. The victims were reportedly traveling to a wedding in separate vehicles when they were ambushed and fired upon, with the attackers torching the vehicles with victims still inside.

The family member named the deceased as:

  • Dawna Langford, 43
  • Rhonita Miller, 30
  • Christina Marie Langford Johnson, 29
  • Howard Miller, 12
  • Trevor Langford, 11
  • Krystal Miller, 10
  • Rogan Langford, two-and-a-half
  • Titus Miller, eight months
  • Tiana Miller, eight months

Family members said 12 more people are still missing.

Some of the eight survivors — all children — sustained serious injuries, including a 9-month-old baby who was shot in the chest and a 4-year-old who was shot in the back. A 13-year-old boy reportedly walked 14 miles to La Mora for help after hiding his injured siblings in bushes and covering them with branches.

A video posted by Miller’s father-in-law and posted to Facebook showed the remains of the family’s Chevy Suburban, which had been torched and was still smoldering. Many bullet holes are visible in the side of the vehicle.

To the citizens of the United States Of America, Mexico and to HUMAN BEINGS across the world….THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY THAT IS HAPPENING NOW..NEW DETAILS ARE ARRIVING BY THE SECOND….THIS IS ONGOING. AS OF NOVEMBER 4TH 7:00 PM CENTRAL TIME… 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 6 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… GOD HELP US IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY.Attention all of the World. We are a community of US citizens that live and operate between Mexico and the United States we are under attack as we speak by the cartels in Mexico… We have been petitioning the American embassies in Mexico all day long to no Avail… we need this to be shared and the whole world to witness the atrocious inhumane and barbaric acts that were committed against us today, 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!!..

Posted by Lafe Langford Jr on Monday, November 4, 2019

The victims belonged to a breakaway Mormon community that settled in the hills and plains of northern Mexico, according to Reuters.

President Trump reacted strongly to the news early Monday, saying, “If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively.”

Trump added in a subsequent tweet, “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!”

🔦 This massacre is just the latest in a recent surge of violence that has erupted in cartel-dominated Mexico — remarkable even for a country that consistently sets new murder records. Less than a month ago the Sinaloa cartel effectively captured the city of Culiacán in a military-style takeover after the son of infamous drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was captured by authorities.