Funerals held for Mormon mums and kids shot and burned alive by Mexican cartels
Relatives of a US Mormon family slaughtered by Mexican drug cartels in a brutal attack have begun to bury their loved ones.
Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, two, were buried on Thursday in the first of three funerals to be held in two days.
Tragic photos from north Mexico showed hundreds of mourners coming together in the cemetery as family members dug a mass grave.
Handcrafted pine coffins were carried to the burial site where the nine victims of the horrific execution will be laid to rest.
Gunmen linked to the Sinaloa cartel executed three mums and six young kids as they travelled from their remote Mormon community home in La Mora, close to the US border, to a wedding.
Among those brutally gunned down were Rhonita Miller, 30, and four of her children – Howard Miller, 12, Krystal Miller, 10, and twins Titus and Tiana Miller, both eight months.
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Dawna Langford, 43, and two of her children – Trevor Langford, 11, and Rogan Langford, two and Christina Johnson, 29, also lost their lives in the sickening attack.
It is understood that at least 17 family members from the LeBaron and Langford families – who are related to each other – were travelling in a caravan of three cars to a wedding.
Cartel thugs gunmen opened fire on the van, hitting the gas tank and causing it to explode.
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A family member, who wished to remain anonymous, said he found the burned-out, bullet-ridden SUV containing the remains of his nephew’s wife and her four children on Monday.
The relative added that he saw dozens of heavily armed gunmen near the burned-out vehicle.
He said a convoy of three vehicles had set out Monday from La Mora – a decades-old settlement founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Claims later emerged that some of the children were burned alive while others managed to escape the massacre, according to a family member.
Alex LeBaron, who lost family members in the attack, told CNN: “Women and children were massacred, burnt alive. Mothers were screaming for the fire to stop.”
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