MEXICAN CARTEL MASSACRE: Nine U.S. Citizens Killed in Ambush in Mexico

MEXICAN CARTEL MASSACRE: Nine U.S. Citizens Killed in Ambush in Mexico Credit: Shutterstock

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.

All the victims are believed to be members of the extended LeBaron family, who live in a religious community in La Mora, northern Mexico, a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of a branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, around 70 miles south of Douglas, Ariz.

It’s reported that six more children were wounded after their convoy came under fire during a ruthless daylight ambush believed to have been carried out by gunmen affiliated with the cartels.

Alfonso Durazo, Mexico’s top security official, confirmed the six deaths and that five of the six children wounded had been transferred to hospitals in Phoenix, Ariz.

He had indicated that one child was still missing, although relatives later appeared to indicate that the girl, Mckenzie Langford, age 9, who had been grazed in the arm by a bullet and had gone for help only to get lost in the dark, was eventually found.

Reports indicate that the group was attacked while travelling in a convoy of three SUVs. Durazo said the gunmen may have mistaken the SUV convoy for rival gangs.

A burned-out Chevy Tahoe with five people was the first vehicle to be found by the police. A farther 11 miles up the mountainous dirt road, they found a Suburban with a dead woman and two dead children inside. Followed by a second Suburban and, about 15 yards away, the body of a woman.

Trump has offered military help to combat drug cartels after the ruthless massacre was reported.

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