Members of a Mormon separatist community in Mexico have decided to head for a safer ground in the United States after burying the last of their dead on Saturday as a result of a devastating massacre.
Hundreds of friends and family members from both sides of the US-Mexico border gathered in the rural area of Colonia LeBaron to pay tribute to Christina Langford, who died Monday in an ambush that claimed the life of nine people.
Some community members fear further violence, but Rosa LaBaron, 65, said she believes the tragedy will bring their community closer.
"The size of the caravan you see is a reflection of the great love that exists between us," said LeBaron, whose cousins, nieces and nephews were killed in the attacks, evoking the many mourners who attended funeral.
On Saturday, family members and friends remembered Langford for bringing "light wherever she went."
Grecia Yuvel LeBaron, a friend of Langford, said, "We grew up together and we thought we would be friends forever."
Christina Langford Johnson (left) was the last of nine victims to be buried on Saturday. She was killed by gunmen from Mexican drug cartels while she was traveling with her family. Christina saved the life of her seven-month-old baby Faith by throwing her on the ground of their SUV
Hundreds of friends and family members from both sides of the US-Mexico border gathered in the rural area of Colonia LeBaron to pay tribute to Langford
In the center of the altar, a white flower arrangement writes the word "Mom".
Members of local Mormon communities and relatives of Le Baron's extended family lay flowers at funeral held in Langford on Saturday
Members of Langford's family and friends gather for his funeral Saturday
Family members said Langford was out of his car, arms outstretched, to report that she was not a member of a gang, but not before stalling the car seat. his toddler on the floor of the vehicle.
The baby, Faith, was found safe and sound in the sport utility vehicle riddled with bullets.
In a simple wooden church, the benches were packed for a service that closed three consecutive days of funerals.
In the center of the altar, an arrangement of white flowers said the word "mom".
With the rites of mourning behind them, many members of the community are now at a crossroads, not knowing if they are willing to risk staying in Mexico after the murders have shattered their sense of security.
However, more than 100 people left on Saturday. An 18-wheel caravan carrying limbs arrived in Arizona on Saturday.
"I went to get my mother and my family, my brothers and sisters and many children," Mike Hafen said Sunday during a phone interview from his sister's home in Phoenix.
"They have been there for 47 years. They left with the bare minimum, everything that could be placed on the back of my pickup, "added Hafen. "After 47 years of life, they almost had to leave everything.
Hafen said that many of his family members and friends thought they would never come back to Mexico because of the drug cartels.
& # 39; It gets worse. There is only corruption. You do not know who you can trust, says Hafen. Some members of my family say that they do not think that they will come back someday.
"It's hard enough for everyone and it's sad. I grew up there. It was a great place to live. I like the place. Growing up there, I would not trade for nothing, "added Hafen, 54, who moved to Utah 15 years ago.
"But what the cartels do is not safe. We discovered it.
Rosa LaBaron (pictured), 65, said she believed the tragedy would bring the community closer to some members, who fear further violence. "The size of the caravan you see reflects the tremendous love that exists between us," said LeBaron.
More than 100 people left the community on Saturday. 18-wheel caravan carrying limbs arrived in Arizona Saturday
Family members were seen kissing each other before separating after Langford's burial on Saturday
Three mothers and six young children were savagely murdered by gunmen from a Mexican drug cartel on Nov. 4
Adrian LeBaron, 58, father of Rhonita Miller, who was shot dead with four of his children, said his son-in-law, Howard Miller, was traveling to North Dakota with his surviving children to be with his parents and work. the state, as he had done in the past.
"Of course, they will go where their parents are," said LeBaron. "Poor Howard, what else can he do?
But he insisted that Miller's ties with Mexico remain strong.
"There's going to work, do not confuse anyone who's looking for a livelihood with the leak," LeBaron said. & # 39; His heart, his soul stays at La Mora. & # 39;
Langford, too, lived in the village of La Mora, but was buried in LeBaron, an acquaintance who would have been her husband's hometown.
Monday's deadly attack took place while the women were traveling with their children to visit relatives. Eight children, including some children, survived the ambush.
On Saturday, it was revealed that several of the nine women and children who had been brutally murdered by suspected gunmen on an isolated highway in Mexico were reportedly shot dead at close range during a targeted assassination.
The revelation comes as Mexican authorities reportedly refused to allow US authorities to investigate the massacre.
A US federal investigator has revealed to the New York Post that some of the evidence from the shooting may already be compromised.
"They were out of their car and shot dead," said the federal investigator.
"It is quite disturbing that the FBI does not have access to the crime scene, which is probably already a disaster because Mexicans have allowed families to remove the bodies. Any evidence that could have been gathered is probably destroyed, "they added.
A Mexican investigator said that the suspected henchmen "shot dead some of the victims at close range".
The dispersed community has its origins in the end of polygamy more than a century ago, organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, forcing Mormon families in the United States with several wives to establish elsewhere.
Families lived in two hamlets in the state of Sonora in Mexico: La Mora and Colonia LeBaron. Other residents of the hamlets plan to leave in the next few days, leaving the family that their families have called home since the 1950s.
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