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

Incredible stories of survival are beginning to emerge as authorities and relatives provide more details surrounding the brutal massacre that took the lives of nine family members – three women and six children – 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.

Amid the horror and gore, eight children survived the slayings that took place in the remote, mountainous area of Sonora state.

Five of the eight children were seriously injured enough that Mexican authorities flew them to the border in a military helicopter to receive hospital care in the U.S. Sonora state health officials said they were “stable” at the moment of transfer.

The three remaining children are in the care of family members at the small settlement of La Mora.

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.

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The eight children who survived the ambush not only escaped the drug cartel gunmen who killed their mothers but managed to hide in the brush. Some walked miles to get help despite grisly bullet wounds.

Kendra Miller, a relative, said Devin Langford, 13, was one of the few uninjured young people and quickly took charge, eventually walking about 14 miles back to La Mora for help.

“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,” according to the Associated Press. “When he took too long to return, his 9-year-old sister left the remaining five to try again.”

Members of the Lebaron family mourn while they watch the burned car where part of the nine murdered members of the family were killed and burned during an gunmen ambush on Bavispe, Sonora mountains, Mexico, on November 5, 2019.

That girl, Mckenzie Rayne Langford, walked for hours in the dark before she was found several hours after the other children were rescued. She was listed as missing for a while.

Altogether, the kids were on their own from about 1 p.m., when the ambush began, until about 7:30 p.m., when they were rescued. Relatives from La Mora tried to reach them before that, but were turned back by gunfire. The area is the site of a cartel turf war.




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