At least six children and three women living in a faith-based community of U.S. citizens in Mexico were shot to death Monday in the northern part of the country, and six more children were wounded and one missing after their convoy came under fire during a brazen daylight ambush believed to have been carried out by gunmen affiliated with the cartels, Fox News reports.
Alfonso Durazo, Mexico’s top security official, confirmed the six deaths, adding that six more children were wounded in the attack, with five transferred to hospitals in Phoenix, Ariz. One child is still missing.
The victims ranged in age from 8 months to 43 years old.
They were all part of a Mormon offshoot community called La Mora, and lived in a small community in Sonora state in northern Mexico. They were travelling back to the U.S. in a convoy of three SUVS when they were ambushed, according to Utah’s KUTV.
Among those killed were Rhonita Maria Miller, 30, and her four children Howard, 12, Krystal 10, and 8-month-old babies Titus and Tiana. Her burned-out bullet-ridden SUV was reportedly found outside the town of Bavispe, where the settlement is located.
Also killed were Christina Marie Langford Johnson, 31, Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and two of her children Trevor and Rogan, ages 11 and 2.
Several other children survived the attack, including Faith Johnson, Christina’s 7-month-old daughter, who was found in her car seat, seemingly put on the floor by her mother, unharmed.
Update: 13 US CITIZENS AMBUSHED near LaMorita, Sonora MX.
This is happening at this very moment please help spread the word!! ????????
* 5 Dead…
– Rhonita LeBaron (mother)
– Howard & Crystal (2 oldest 8 & 10)
– Titus & Tiana (6-month-old Twins)
Christina (mother) dead
Her baby miraculously found alive in on the floor of her suburban.
– Devin (13) walked home first for help.
– Kylie (14) – shot in foot
– Devin (13)
– Mckenzie (9) – Arm and back wound
– Cody (7) – shot in the face
– Jake (6)
– Xander (4) – shot in the back
– Brixon (10m) – grazed chest and arm
– Dawna (mother)
– Trevor (11)
– Rogan (3)
Dead – 9 ????????
Alive – 8 (5 of them injured) ????????????
1st update earlier this afternoon… Devan and Trevor ran over 5 miles to get help. These 2 brave boys hid as many of the surviving children as they could. They are hidden under a tree. Donna and Christina have been confirmed shot and killed along with some of the younger children. We don’t know how many of the kids made it. They were ambushed. The families are currently headed to rescue the surviving children. We don’t know who survive or who’s injured or if they are still in danger. More updates to come.
13 US CITIZENS KIDNAPPED AND BEING KILLED…
3 mothers 7 innocent children murdered… 4 children are being rescued at this moment.
Short summary: All 3 families were driving together in a caravan through Northern Mexico. We assume that they got in a mafia cross fire. The families are thinking that the mafia mistook Rhonita’s vehicle for a rivals, then proceeded to attack. They eventually realized they killed an innocent family. To cover their tracks they burnt the vehicle with all of the passengers inside. Then took all the other woman and children hostage. It’s a developing story. That’s all we have. 10 confirmed dead. 13 victims are children.
1 mother (Rhonita) and 4 kids shot and burned alive.
2 mothers and their children kidnapped. (Then these 2 mothers and 3 more children were confirmed dead…)
1st mother: Dawna langford 43
kylie evelyn 14
devin blake 13
Trevor harvey 11
Mckenzie rayne 9
Cody greyson 7
Jake ryder 6
Xander boe 4
Rogan Jay 3
Brixon Oliver 10 months
2nd mother: Christina with her infant baby.
They are all US citizens.
This happened sometime this afternoon.
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There are conflicting reports on the numbers of deaths.
We will keep you updated as details emerge.
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