Three American mothers and six children, including two infants, were murdered yesterday at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Seven children were injured in the attack and flown from Mexico to Arizona hospitals. The family members have lived in Mexico for decades and are part of a break-away Mormon sect. The nine victims held dual citizenship between the United States and Mexico.
“It’s not just got caught in gunfire, in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Taylor Langford, relative of the victims. “This was a whole new level of cartel violence.”
Langford was born and raised where it all happened, more than 1,000 miles south of Salt Lake in a small town below the southern border near Bavispe.
The remains of a car that Langford says belonged to his cousin Rhonita were found. Langford says Rhonita and four of her children, including baby twins, were inside the car when they were ambushed, shot and then burned alive.
Langford says his other cousin Christina, who was in a separate car, was also killed, but her baby somehow survived. His aunt Dawna was also killed along with several of her nine children.