Mexico's security strategy called into question after Mormon killings and other violence

Members of the Lebaron family look at the burned car where part of the nine murdered members of the family were killed and burned during an ambush in Bavispe Sonora mountains Mexico

Another of Langford's brothers hid six children in brush and walked back to La Mora to get help.

Relatives of the victims rejected the mistaken identity theory, arguing that shell casings and personal belongings found near the torched auto suggest the attackers came close and made sure everybody was dead before igniting the vehicle. The families were on their way to see relatives in the U.S.

On Friday, the bodies of Rhonita Miller and four of her children were taken in a convoy of pickup trucks and SUVS, on the same dirt-and-rock mountainous road where they were killed, for burial in the community of Colonia LeBaron in Chihuahua state.

And it called into question President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's "hugs, not bullets" security strategy of trying to solve underlying social problems instead of battling drug cartels with military force.

About 300 people live in the small community of La Mora, whose residents consider themselves Mormon but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Some hours earlier, the La Linea arm of the Chihuahua-based Juarez Cartel sent gunmen to defend the state border area, after attacks in a nearby town by the Los Salazar faction of the rival Sinaloa Cartel, a top Mexican general told reporters. Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who founded neighbourhood patrols against cartels, was killed in 2009.

Son Howard Jr. loved basketball and recently was delighted to make his first three-pointer; daughter Kristal was "the apple of her daddy's eye;" twins Titus and Tiana, born March 13, were remembered as "two ideal angels in the first precious moments of their lives".

Before she had gotten out of the vehicle, she seemingly placed her young 7-month-old daughter's carseat hastily on the floor, saving the infant's life.

"She put her baby as far down as she could in the vehicle". Christina Langford Johnson was buried Saturday morning. Three other children, including Faith, have been reunited with relatives at La Mora.

A girl, who was initially listed as missing, walked off in another direction, despite her gunshot wounds, to get help.

Others say there's no way they're leaving.

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

The Mexican government countered Trump's call by urging Washington to help stop the flow of American weapons south of the border, and Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said Remington shell casings of US origin were found at the crime scene.

Of the survivors, he said, son Cody had had a plate installed in his jaw, which was being wired shut for six weeks, and the rest were "actually doing really well".

The state is also home to drug cartels who smuggle their goods across the border to the United States, and at times war over territory.

But Mexico's president said: "The worst thing you can have is war".

One Republican senator, Josh Hawley from Missouri, reacted on Twitter by saying that the United States should impose sanctions on Mexican officials "who won't confront cartels".

Later, the two leaders spoke by telephone, and Trump offered US assistance "to ensure the perpetrators face justice", the White House said without giving details.

Search parties later found her, the families said.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico "will share information" with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the ongoing probe. The suspect had assault rifles and a.50-calibre sniper rifle and was holding two bound kidnap victims, authorities said.

"I think it's not accurate to say they were caught in the crossfire".

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