THREE US mums and at least six kids – including twin babies – have reportedly been executed in a bloody cartel attack in Mexico.
A burnt-out, bullet-ridden SUV containing the remains of Rhonita Maria LeBaron, her twins and two other kids, aged eight and 10, has been found.
A burned-out, bullet-ridden SUV containing the remains of some of the victims has been found[/caption]
The bodies of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and Christina Marie Langford, 31, were also found in the Mexican border state of Sonora on Monday, according to relatives.
Two of Dawna’s children, Trevor, 11, and Rogan, three, were also killed when the families were ambushed on their way to a wedding, reports claim.
All the victims lived in a Mormon community in La Mora, about 70 miles south of Douglas, Arizona, and had dual US and Mexican citizenship.
Some of their community worship with the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others are from polygamous offshoots.
The three mums were driving from Bavispe to a wedding in LaBaron, another Mormon community in the state of Chihuahua, when they were attacked.
Their three cars were sprayed with bullets, causing one of the vehicles to explode in flames.
Other children are understood to be missing after they escaped from the flames and fled.
Leah Staddon, who grew up in the same Mormon community, said her brother found one of the bullet-ridden cars with charred bodies inside.
“It’s devastating,” Staddon said. “It’s incomprehensible, the evil. I don’t understand how someone could do that.”
Lafe Langford Jr., a relative of some of the victims, pleaded for help from emergency services.
“We can’t get a helicopter or any airplanes or airlifts,” Langford said.
“It’s going to be at least a six-hour journey to El Paso or Tucson.”
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It is not the first time that members of the break-away church had been attacked in northern Mexico, where their forebears settled often in Chihuahua state decades ago.
In 2009, Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who was related to those killed in Monday’s attack, was murdered in 2009 in neighboring Chihuahua state.