Thursday, 21 November, 2019

Gunmen who killed 9 Americans may be Juárez drug cartel members

Mexico massacre: Boy, 13, hid siblings, walked 23km looking for help Funerals Begin for Americans Killed in Mexico Cartel Ambush
Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2019, 19:53

As he barbequed beef and chicken to feed hundreds of mourners arriving from the US and other parts of Mexico for the funerals, Erasmo Valenzuela said he heard that two or three families plan to leave La Mora.

A woman and child stood by the coffins of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 2, who were killed by drug cartel gunmen on Monday.

"We are applying a plan to transform (Mexico), despite all the obstacles", said Lopez Obrador, an anti-establishment leftist who took office in December 2018.

Leah Langford-Staddon told The Associated Press that her mother and another sister, Amy, came to Arizona with as many belongings as they could pack into their vehicles.

The driver, Rhonita Maria Miller, 30, and four of her children, Howard, 12; Krystal, 10; and 8-month twins Titus and Tiana were all "burned to mostly ashes" after a bullet ignited the SUV's gas tank, according to Miller's post.

Benjamin LeBaron, founder of a crime-fighting group called SOS Chihuahua, was assassinated in 2009 after he led protests over the kidnapping of his 16-year-old brother, who was released after the family refused to pay a ransom.

The murders sparked immediate calls from U.S. President Donald Trump for Mexico to join forces with the United States to crack down on drug gangs amid mounting concerns over security after a string of mass killings in the past few weeks.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador created the militarized National Guard after he took office last December to help law enforcement, but its 70,000 troops have to cover a vast territory.

Saturday's burial of Christina Langford Johnson will be the third in as many days. "She gave her life to try and save the rest".

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Of the children who escaped, one was shot in the face, another in the foot. Three other children, including Faith, have been reunited with relatives at La Mora. Another girl, who was initially listed as missing, walked off in another direction, despite her gunshot wounds, to get help. "ISIS have an ideology", said Rosa LeBaron, 65, whose cousins, nieces and nephews died in the attacks.

"When we were there, the cartels from Sonora, there were probably 50 or 60 of them, armed to the teeth, about a mile on this side", said the relative.

He said the USA "stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively", adding, "The cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!"

"President Lopez Obrador said that he thought that Mexico could solve its safety issues without international" intervention", but he's opened the doorway to Federal Bureau of Investigation alliance that supplied the nation's national sovereignty isn't violated.

The head of the Mexican military's joint chiefs of staff, Homero Mendoza, said authorities now believe the massacre was carried out by La Linea (The Line), a drug cartel based in Chihuahua.

On the defensive, Mexico has countered by urging the USA government to help stop the flow of arms south of the border.

Members of the extended community - many of whom, like the victims, are dual U.S-Mexican citizens - had built the coffins themselves and used shovels to dig the shared grave in La Mora's small cemetery.

Since then, the country has registered more than 250,000 murders.

Taylor Langford said after Monday's bloodshed: "I would like to see the government actually step in and do something about the cartels rather than back down every time they wave their guns at us".