Family ambushed on way to wedding in Mexico: These are the survivors

One person is in custody Wednesay but many questions remain unanswered surrounding the brutal massacre that took the lives of nine family members in northern Mexico.

Monday’s slaughter was carried out by cartel gunmen who ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road in an attack that left one vehicle a burned-out, bullet-riddled hulk. Three women and six children died in the carnage.

 Eight children survived the attack in the remote, mountainous area of Sonora state. Five of them were flown by military helicopters to U.S. hospitals. Sonora state health officials said they were “stable” at the moment of transfer.

Austin Cloes points to a photo of relatives Rhonita Miller and her family, who were killed in Mexico, on a computer screen Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Herriman, Utah.

How the attack played out 

Leah Staddon, another relative, told The Arizona Republic that the three mothers with dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship were driving from Bavispe to a wedding in LeBaron, another Mormon-offshoot community in the state of Chihuahua, when their three SUV’s loaded with children were attacked.

The family’s vehicles were sprayed with gunfire on a road near Rancho La Mora in a remote and mountainous area where the Sinaloa cartel has been engaged in a turf war with another gang.

Members of the LeBaron family look at a burned car that carried some of the nine family members who were ambushed and killed in Bavispe, Sonora mountains, Mexico.

One arrested, hostages freed 

Criminal investigators said late Tuesday that a suspect was arrested and is under investigation for possible connections with the deaths. In a statement posted on Facebook, the Agency for Criminal Investigation for the state of Sonora said that the suspect was found in the town of Agua Prieta, right at the border with the U.S. state of Arizona, holding two hostages who were gagged and tied inside a vehicle.

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