Mckenzie got lost and walked for hours in the dark before she was found by search parties.Five of the surviving children sustained gunshot injuries, including 9-month-old Brixon Langford, who was shot in the chest, and 4-year-old Xander Langford, who was shot in the back.
The massacre of nine women and children in northern Mexico could test breakaway Mormon families' attachment to communities that for decades have been a haven for a way of life shunned by the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
It's thought Rhonita was driving to the airport to pick up her husband, who'd been on a work trip, when she got a flat tyre. The mothers and children travelling together "for safety reasons" were all heading to see family: one to pick up her husband, another to meet her husband and move to North Dakota and the third to visit family in the neighbouring state of Chihuahua, Kendra Lee Miller, a relative told CNN. Witnesses told CBS News that she got out of the vehicle with her arms up, and was shot in cold blood. Her baby, Faith, survived the attack in a child seat that her mother appeared to have placed on the floor before she got out.
Rhonita Maria LeBaron with her family.
President Trump tweeted a condemnation of the attack and said "This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth". Five of his siblings had been injured in the gunfire - including nearly 9-month-old Brixon who was shot in the chest, Miller wrote. Following the attack, Devin, who was uninjured, set off alone in rough, mountainous terrain, walking 23 km to look for help, the families said.
Several men set out from La Mora on a rescue mission but didn't find the hidden children until 7.30 that evening, according to Ms Miller's Facebook post. Her 9-year-old sister Mckenzie Rayne Langford had a bullet graze her arm. She turned to Facebook to share the vicious episode.
Relatives and Mexican soldiers found the girl after searching the area for about two hours, Miller said.
Three innocent USA women and six children have allegedly been slaughtered by a drug cartel while traveling to Mexico for a wedding, the New York Post has reported. Devin, his brother Jake and Christina Johnson's young daughter remained with their family in La Mora.
Hatch said the LeBarons and the Langfords were intermarried and that some still believed in polygamy, contrasting them with Mexico's estimated 1.5 million mainstream Mormons, the religion's biggest concentration outside the United States.
"Three vehicles with women and children in broad daylight". "I felt that this was in broad daylight and...no one could have done that not knowing what they were doing". While no official explanation has been given for the killings, Mendoza and other officials say the gang may have mistaken the families' SUVs for those of its rival.