American families fleeing Mexico arrive in Arizona the day after the cartel massacre
A family of Mormon families flee to Mexico following a drug cartel ambush this week that killed nine Americans who crossed into Arizona on Saturday. Douglas, Ariz.
Bryce Langford, whose mother, Dawna Ray Langford, was one of the women killed Monday, told the Daily Star that she was on her way to visit her brother at a Tucson hospital. He said most families travel to Phoenix, and others go to Tucson. They are not sure where they will stay for a long time.
Families have lived in the booklets of La Mora and Colonia LeBaron, two communities in the northern state of Mexico's Sonora, left in grief after the massacre that left six women dead and three children dead. Other hammer residents are planning to leave in the coming days. of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her children Trevor, 1
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A woman and child stand beside the coffins of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her children Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 2, who were killed by drug cartels of drugs this Monday. (Photo by AP / Marco Ugarte)
Americans were riding in a convoy of SUVs when attackers opened fire on a dirt road from La Mora that led to Colonia LeBaron. Gunmen from Juarez's drug cartel apparently set up an ambush as part of a turf war with the Sinaloa cartel, and US families rode it.
Mexican officials say attackers may have mistaken the group's large SUV for rival gangs.
Heavy armed Mexican authorities were guarding a caravan of friends and relatives as they arrived at the site where nine Americans were shot dead on Monday. (Photo by AP / Marco Ugarte)
About 300 people live in the small community of La Mora, whose residents consider themselves Mormons but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The MOURNERS GATHER AS MEXICO COMMUNITY BURIES 3 OF 9 AMERICANS Killed in CARTEL MASSACRE
The spreading community in Mexico traces its origins to the end of polygamy for more than a century. ago The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, forcing married Mormon families in the US to establish offhoots elsewhere.
Most of the area was generally without law enforcement most of the time, and residents have been working to provide their own security since killing a counter-crime activist.
The casket containing the remains of 12-year-old Howard Jacob Miller Jr. was lowered to a grave Friday. (Photo by AP / Marco Ugarte)
It took Mexican soldiers more than 8 hours to respond to Monday's attacks – the nearest units were nearly 100 miles away at the time. Five surviving children hid in the mountains with bullet holes.
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Langford, who grew up in La Mora but now lives in North Dakota, said the community has learned more about hitmen cartel in the area in recent months, and people are considering the move. Monday's tragedy was the final straw.
"The properties they got there were huge," he said. "And to get up and go from one day to the next and leave it all behind, there are definitely a lot of sad people here."
The victims were buried this week. Tito and Tiana Miller, 8-month-old twins, were laid to rest Friday in Colonia LeBaron with their mother, Rhonita "Nita" Miller, along with their siblings, 12-year-old Howard Jr. and 10-year-old Kristal. Langford, 43, and his two sons, 11-year-old Trevor and 2-year-old Rogan, were buried Thursday in La Mora. Christina Langford Johnson was buried Saturday morning.
Fox News & # 39; Paulina Dedaj and The Associated Press contributed to this report.