The victims of the attack were identified as:[30], Of the eight other vehicle passengers all were children of which five were wounded and three were physically unharmed. And they should have confidence. About two-dozen FBI agents' arrived in La Mora, an FBI statement's describing the agency's aim as working "alongside our international partners to help bring justice to the perpetrators of this heinous act of violence. [29], Search efforts for the survivors began between 6 and 7 PM, with the surviving children being discovered at 8:30 PM, except for the children who walked for help. Another family member said all nine victims were dual US-Mexican citizens. Three mums — Christina Langford Johnson, Dawna Ray Langford and Rhonita LeBaron — were shot to death by a Mexican cartel on Monday afternoon local time. [45], The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement expressing its "love, prayers, and sympathies" but also noting its understanding that the victims were not members of the church. Seventeen members of the LeBaron and Langford families were travelling in three cars when gunmen sprayed their vehicles with bullets. On Monday afternoon, the Langford children watched as their mother and two of their siblings were shot dead in an attack. Nine members of a Mormon family - three mums and six children - were killed in a massacre in Mexico when they were attacked by suspected drug cartel gunmen. [11][12], Victims descend from settlers who founded Colonia Oaxaca (now "Rancho Oaxaca"), part of the historical Mormon colonies founded in the late 19th century;[1][11] the neighboring LeBarón family proper's enclave in the state of Chihuahua was founded by Alma LeBaron, who moved there from the United States in the 1920s. [42], Three suspects, including the supposed mastermind Roberto N (alias "The Mute" and "The 32"), believed to be members of La Línea drug cartel, were arrested on November 25, 2020.[43]. Cementerio de La Mora. 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. Sort By. "What I can say to them, and to all Mexicans, is that we're working on the investigation. [8] The victims' religious affiliation is not related to that of another Mormon group, the amorphous Church of the Firstborn, headquartered Colonia Le Barón, Chihuahua, yet they have intermarriage ties with the latter. Rhonita LeBaron and her family were murdered around 18km away from the two other families after she fell behind, forced to change a flat tyre. The vehicle reportedly had broken down due to a flat tire, and was caused to explode by the amount of bullets fired into the vehicle. She had been shot to death but her seven-month-old daughter, Faith Marie Johnson, was discovered uninjured in her car seat. Three mums — Christina Langford Johnson, Dawna Ray Langford and Rhonita LeBaron — were shot to death by a Mexican cartel on Monday afternoon local time. [22] Phone messages between family members showed the progression of discovering the incident. 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Among the hundreds of dual-national and bilingual residents within the sibling communities of rancho La Mora and C… [24], Two children, a 13-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, walked away from the scene to get help from relatives, the boy walking fourteen miles over six hours before arriving at the family compound. All the victims were from rancho La Mora, Sonora, containing 30 to 40 homes on about a thousand acres, and with a full-time population of about 150 people. Campo Santo de Galeana de la Santa Cruz. “After witnessing his mother and brothers being shot dead, Devin hid his six other siblings in the bushes and covered them with branches to keep them safe while he went for help,” a relative said. At the end, [...]the jefe guy says, 'Burn it! [50][51], Massacre of Mexican-Americans in LaMora, Sonora, Mexico, Mexico is supported by the United States in this conflict through the, Narco bands' contesting control of area's smuggling routes, “Many of the citizens of the Mormon Colonies are members of a variety of different Mormon churches, ranging from members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to independently practicing Mormon polygamists. LeBaron Family Reportedly Murdered – From Family of Girls From Chihuahua Who Ran From Raniere – Drug Cartels Blamed November 4, 2019 I just got this report from a source – the shocking news that members of the LeBaron family – the same family that sent almost a dozen teen girls to be mentored by Keith Raniere in 2016-2017 – have been slaughtered, … [33], Mexican officials announced at a news conference that the believed reason for the attack was that the family was believed to be a cartel convoy of vehicles. [31] All survivors' injuries were caused by gunfire, not from fire or escaping the vehicles. The other two vehicles left around 11 AM, with one being driven by Dawna Ray Langford with nine children as passengers and the other driven by Christina Marie Langford Johnson with her 7-month-old daughter as a passenger. Newly arrived enforcers who were unfamiliar to area residents and now manned the smuggling route's usual checkpoints occasionally pointed weapons at residents using the road. Picture: Christian Chavez/APSource:AP, One of the SUVs full of bullet holes. Less than 20km down the road, police found the other two mums and some of their dead children. La Mora, Bavispe Municipality, … Trish Cloes is victim Dawna Ray Langford's aunt. Seven of Ms Langford's children were present at the massacre but survived, as did Ms Langford-Johnson's seven-month-old daughter. There's no impunity anymore." All five children who were shot belonged to Dawna Langford who was gunned down alongside her two sons, Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3. Family members shared videos of the aftermath on social media on Monday, November 4. We merely await a call from your great new president! Dawna Langford and her son Trevor were shot dead.Source:Facebook, Foam floor puzzle pieces inside the bullet-riddled car. Shown to two relatives of the victims, one of them, Adam Langford, said it showed a dozen or so men presumed as members of the Chihuahua cartel "all in black[...]with assault rifles going toward the vehicles, toward their prey[...]. Picture: Christian Chavez/APSource:AP, Members of the Lebaron family look at the burned car where part of the nine murdered members of the family were killed and burned during an ambush in Bavispe, Sonora mountains, Mexico, on November 5, 2019. In … Mexico unveils monument to the Mormon massacre victims including three mothers and six children who were assassinated by cartel gunmen. He states that there can be no mistaken identity as the surviving children claimed that one of the female victims had attempted to identify herself to stop the attack. 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McKenzie and Devin’s 14-year-old sister had been shot in the foot leaving her stuck to sit in the bushes. His sister, McKenzie Rayne Langford, was eventually rescued after getting lost in the mountains. Prior in the day the area of the massacre had also been the scene of a shootout between rival cartel gangs. Seventeen members of the LeBaron and Langford families were travelling in three cars when gunmen sprayed their vehicles with bullets. They were “burnt to a crisp,” the relative said. Footage has emerged from inside the hospital where 8 surviving children are recovering after their mothers were killed. Quémalo' in Spanish. [32] The funerals were attended by hundreds of individuals, with some traveling reportedly as far as North Dakota to attend. The massacre of nine American women and children has prompted US President Donald Trump to offer to help wipe Mexico's drug cartels "off the face of the Earth". The cars, filled with their children, had been travelling from the Mormon community of La Mora in the Mexican state of Sonora down to Pancho Villa in Chihuahua. The cartel has since been identified by Mexican military as La Linea (The Line), a drug cartel based in Chihuahua. [48][49] Julián LeBarón said LaMora community members would be among those participating in a march sponsored by the advocacy group Defensa por la Vida y la Paz or Defense for Life & Peace slated for January 23–25 from Cuernavaca, Morelos, to Mexico's National Palace in Mexico City, with the intention, according to one of its organizers, the poet Javier Sicilia, of their reception by President López Obrador. "[35], On 19 November Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said, referencing Mexico's history of systemic corruption, "We're not protecting anyone." [9][10] In addition, perhaps a few thousand individuals remain aligned with these religious communities who reside in various places within the United States. US protests, Inauguration Day: Lonely picture shows Donald T... Donald Trump letter: Note left for Joe Biden before inaugura... Coronavirus NSW, Vic, Qld live: Queensland restrictions to e... Joe Biden executive orders: Rejoining Paris Agreement, trigg... Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. (photo by Luis Torres/Special to Border Report) “We already let go of the dead. LeBaron and Langford families massacre page. Surviving family members have been forced to grab onto the burnt-out, bullet-ridden hulk of a car as they broke down after visiting the place where their relatives were murdered. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2021. Inside, they saw the charred remains of Ms LeBaron, 30, her 10-year-old daughter, a son, 12, and her eight-month-old twins. We merely await a call from your great new president! Ms Langford's 13-year-old son Devin walked 23 kilometres back to their hometown of La Mora to seek help. [21] Following the murders, Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico invited participation by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, his saying, "Why did we take that initiative? Horrific details emerge in killing of 9 US citizens, including 6 children, in ambush in Mexico The family was ambushed by an armed group, Mexican officials said. [46], A member of the extended family, Julian LeBarón, whose brother Benjamin was killed by cartel gunmen in 2009, claims that the attack was targeted. [24], Family members visited the scene of the massacre, escorted by members of the Mexican Army. “When he took too long to return, his 9-year-old sister left the remaining five to try again.”. Friends of the LeBaron, Miller and Langford families participate in the memorial ceremony Wednesday at a community center in Galeana, Mexico. Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 3, and Rogan, 2, were killed. Five of the surviving children were badly wounded including one child shot in the face. In 1972, Ervil LeBaron, known as the Mormon Manson, allegedly killed his older brother in a battle for control over leadership. Burn it! 9 memorials. The five wounded children were flown to an Arizona hospital and three uninjured children were placed in the care of other family members. "Mexico isn't the principal human rights violator now, like it was before. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Picture: Christian Chavez/APSource:AP. [3][4] A drug cartel is believed to be behind the attack. U.S. President Donald Trump offered Mexico military support to assist with defeating the drug cartels. Three women and six children were killed in the massacre. It was founded by Alma Dayer LeBaron in 1944, according to Ruth Wariner, an author who fled the colony in the 1980s, when she was just 15 years old. We have to go back. [1] Among the hundreds of dual-national and bilingual residents within the sibling communities of rancho La Mora and Colonia Le Barón and other settlements, are independent fundamentalist Mormons, members of the Church of the Firstborn, and members of the mainstream Latter-day Saints. Here is what it should be", "FBI Arrives In Sonora To Assist In La Mora Murder Investigation", "Mexican President: La Mora Massacre Investigation Receiving 'Special Attention, "Video of killings of U.S. citizens in Mexico shows gunmen poised to torch SUV, says relative", Mexican officials detain suspects in massacre of members of Mormon sect, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/05/world/americas/mexico-arrest-mormon-killing.html, "Mexico ambush: Arrest over Mormon massacre", "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. After becoming concerned that the boy had not returned close to nightfall, the girl began to walk herself in an effort find help, walking for six hours. This year, they … Picture: Herika Martinez/AFPSource:AFP. Those killed in the daytime attack, which left their vehicle bullet-riddled and charred on a dirt road, were Mexican-American Mormons who belonged to the LeBaron family. A short distance away, their 43-year-old mum lay dead in the front seat of an SUV, along with the bullet-riddled bodies of her sons, ages 11 and two. The last surviving child; the girl who went for help, was discovered at 9:45 PM. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. [16] Transpiring immediately preceding the massacre was a shootout between Los Salazar and rival drug-route enforcers La Línea, said to have been formed originally by municipal peace officers from Ciudad Juárez, who are dominant in Chihuahua and were an outgrowth of the Juárez Cartel, and which has been warring with Sinaloa over control of the smuggling routes toward San Diego. No grave photo. [14][15] In months leading up to the attack, Sinaloa instructed residents to refrain from buying fuel across state lines in Chihuahua. Christina Langford was killed but her baby survived.Source:Facebook, An infant's car seat stained with blood inside a bullet-riddled vehicle. However, some authorities in Mexico have claimed that the massacre was perpetrated by the newly formed Los Jaguares cartels, an offshoot of the Sinaloa drug cartel. A group of male relatives set out to try to rescue the youngsters but turned back when they heard gunfire ahead. [45] The offer was declined by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but said that he would speak with Trump over security cooperation between the two nations. One year later, families of Americans massacred by Mexican cartel say next to nothing has changed Despite declarations of war and a commitment on both sides of … The La Mora community in Sonora, where members of the LeBaron as well as the Miller and Langford families live, is still in mourning. "[36], Video footage less than a minute in length and perhaps taken by a cell phone perhaps belonging to one of the detained suspects was obtained by Mexican national police. [23] The burned out vehicle was discovered to hold the bodies of Miller, her 10-year-old daughter, 12-year-old son and infant twins, eleven miles from where the other two women were killed. [5][6][7], All the victims were from rancho La Mora, Sonora, containing 30 to 40 homes on about a thousand acres, and with a full-time population of about 150 people. A cousin of the victims, Julian LeBarón, told the New York Times, "It's common knowledge down here that the police work with the criminals. Christina Langford Johnson was found a few metres from her van after trying to leave her driver’s seat and wave her arms to show she wasn’t a threat. Seventeen members of … Picture: Herika Martinez/AFPSource:AFP. news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site, Boy walks 22kms to get help after witnessing family’s murder. The victims, dual US-Mexican citizens, all had links to the prominent LeBaron and Langford families in several small Mormon farming communities that … Police have arrested three people in connection with the depraved massacre, a source told Milenio Televisión earlier today - while US super cops in the FBI have also offered to help Mexican authorities. The vehicles of the LeBaron and Langford families came under heavy gunfire and were torched during the attack, with security experts saying evidence suggested at the time that the massacre … She continued to claim that Mexico "refused to overcome their pride" and accept help from a neighboring country or international coalition. Some practice plural marriage and others believe in the principle but don’t currently practice it, though they all trace their history to it.”, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "The Church of the Firstborn of the 'Fulness' of Times (The LeBarons)", "US victims in Mexico attack from Mormon offshoot community web", "9 members of American family, including babies, killed in Mexico", "Mormons were attacked near the US-Mexico border. Police said the mums — — had been driving the three SUVs on a remote and unpaved mountain road about 1pm on Monday local time when they were attacked. [21] Relatives stated that the girl had taken the wrong road and was tracked by her footprints, when she was found she told them, "We have to go back. Dawna Ray Langford had been traveling with her nine children when she was shot and killed. Devin Blake Langford, 13, is being hailed a hero after he managed to help his siblings before walking 22km back to La Mora to get help. "[37], In December 2019, the Mexican federal government consolidated what had been Sonoran and federal cases into exclusively federal prosecutions,[38] with several suspects being arrested on 1 December 2019 with regard to the crimes[39] and director of public safety in Janos, Chihuahua Fidel Alejandro Villegas Villegas's arrest by the Mexican Attorney General’s Office on December 24 for Villegas's allegedly providing protection for criminal activities by such as La Linea as for colluding in the massacre. Galeana, Galeana Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico Dawna Ray Langford 19 Jun 1976 – 4 Nov 2019. Devin is the son of Dawna Ray Langford. The victims' religious affiliation is not related to that of another Mormon group, the amorphous Church of the Firstborn, headquartered Colonia Le Barón, Chihuahua, yet they have intermarriage ties with the latter. "[1][2] Nine people were killed with some burned alive in a car (three women and six children, all of whom held dual US–Mexican citizenship). He went on to say that some people who survived the attack were being taken to Phoenix, Arizona, for medical treatment. [2] According to Alfonso Durazo, the federal secretary for security, the location of the attack was in the municipality of Bavispe. [33] A family member has claimed that the cartels in Mexico have increased their levels of barbarity, and are on the same level if not worse than ISIL as ISIL has an ideology and the cartels are driven by greed and "pure evil". In last night’s massacre, Rhonita Maria LeBaron was traveling to Phoenix when her car broke down, according to relatives. Mexican police and heartbroken relatives said three mums, all with dual US-Mexican citizenship and living in a Mormon community just south of the border, had been travelling in the north of Mexico in a convoy when they were targeted. Members of the Lebaron family inspect the burned out car where some of their relatives were murdered. On 4 November 2019, about 70 miles (110 km) south of the Mexico–United States border, gunmen opened fire on a three-car convoy en route to a wedding carrying residents of the isolated La Mora community, which is predominantly composed of American Mexican "independent Mormons. [17]), In a pair of attacks, gunmen opened fire on three SUVs, first upon a Chevrolet Tahoe and subsequently two Chevy Suburbans, that were carrying American Mexican independent fundamentalist Mormons[18][1] of the extended LeBarón family,[19] en route to a wedding in Le Barón, Galeana, Chihuahua, from their hometown of La Mora, Bavispe, Sonora, about 70 miles (110 km) south of the Mexico–United States border. Her grandfather, Alma Dayer … A member of the Lebaron family, Julian LeBaron, described the attack as a "massacre", saying some of those targeted were burnt alive. Would you be willing to work with me to make sure the the … Kendra Miller, a relative, wrote that the baby’s car seat “seemed to be put on the floor by her mother to try and protect her. [31] The deceased were buried in La Mora and Colonia LeBarón with funerals beginning on November 7. [47], On January 12, 2020, Mexico's president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and Sonora Governor, Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, visited LaMora. Christina Marie Langford Johnson 23 Nov 1989 – 4 Nov 2019. They're bleeding, they're shot. Because it involves U.S. citizens, and there was no reason not to allow the FBI to have access to the investigations, which we have requested in other cases," his referencing the 2019 El Paso shooting. We have to go rescue them. RELATED: Boy walks 22kms to get help after witnessing family’s murder, Family visit the murder site. The victims had dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship and were all believed to be part of the Le Baron family. 2019 LeBarón and Langford families massacre. The LeBaron family has a dark past in Mexico, including a cult-like murder spree. Hodgson's secret garden: I appreciate the closer to the truth change of the title...there are other inaccuracies...I tried changing them before but I'm not exactly a Wikipedia expert...I am a resident of LaMora and can go through detail by detail with you what is and is not accurate. The gunmen had riddled the vehicle with dozens of bullets and apparently hit the gas tank, causing it to explode. Picture: Herika Martinez/AFPSource:AFP, Relatives sobbed at the scene.Picture: Herika Martinez/AFPSource:AFP, Rhonita LeBaron died with her twins and two other children.Source:Supplied, Family console each other. Addressing the investigation, Obrador said, "There is information already, but I can't provide that," although offering to meet with the victims' families to provide them additional information. [6][13], Reportedly the La Mora community had achieved a type of understanding with the area's currently dominant outlaw band, Los Salazar, del Cártel de Sinaloa, who allegedly have enjoyed some history of influence with Mexico's federal government and are renowned for their overlordship by its narco-mafiosi célèbre El Chapo, who is imprisoned in the US. Eight young children survived by hiding. Cemetery Visibility: Public Private. Johnson was discovered 15 yards from her vehicle with her 7-month-old baby uninjured in the vehicle. My siblings, my brothers and sisters are dying. More from the Daily Mail: . ... She gave her life to try and save the rest”. Picture: Herika Martinez/AFPSource:AFP. "[40][41], A man identified as "Alfredo 'L'" and a "likely participant in the events that occurred on November 4, 2019," was detained in Ciudad Juárez on November 4, 2020 and subsequently arrested on homicide charges by Mexican authorities. 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