Some acts are so horrendous, it puts criminals in a different category of inhumane. President Trump announced Tuesday morning the United States will give any assistance necessary to take out a group of drug Cartel members who killed at least ten members of a Mormon family in an ambush attack Monday evening. They were killed not far from the U.S. and Mexican border in Sonora. The scene was horrible, and no words cannot describe the remains of the aftermath as it was women and children, including two infant twins that were killed.
President Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, “A wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other, with the result being many great American people killed, including young children, and some missing. If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively. The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!”
Authorities are investigating the tragic incident, wondering if it was a case of mistaken identity or if it was a random attack or planned. A family member from Mexico, Alex LeBaron, told reporters from CNN, the victims include three women, four small children, and two infants. They were all shot while in vehicles while driving.” He continued breaking down, “Women and children were massacred, burned alive. Mothers were screaming for the fire to stop.” Three of the cars had each a mother with their children, only going to their family ranch to see family members.
A sister in law to one of the mothers killed, Kendra Lee Miller, also told CNN reporters, “They were driving together for safety reasons.” Miller was to get married next week, and the family was going to be there. All of the family members were going to different areas but traveled through Mexico together.
Miller continued to describe what happened, “At one point in their journey, Rhonita’s vehicle broke down with a flat tire. Rhonita and her children left her disabled car behind and then traveled back to La Mora with the other two women and their children to get another car. Rhonita took another family car with her children and continued on the journey with the other two vehicles.”
Miller continued, “My brother Andre was on the mountain road near La Mora when he saw a fire in the distance where the caravan of three cars was attacked. My brother was fixing Rhonita’s broken-down vehicle, saw a fire, didn’t think anything of it. Then (he) saw the explosion, went to check it out, saw it was my mother’s vehicle, full of bullet holes, completely ablaze. My dad, Andre, and a couple of uncles and relatives went to check up on the vehicle. All they found was charred remains, ash, and bones. There were remains inside and outside of the vehicle.”
It was reported one of the young boys went to get help and took the siblings he could and hide them while they were still bleeding. He walked for 14 miles. Upon hearing what happened, some of the uncles armed themselves and went looking for the other children who were also missing. All of the children were found by 7:30 pm on Monday evening.
Seven of the children involved in the incident who were injured were flown to hospitals nearby, and as of Tuesday morning, they were all back in the U.S. The Governor of Sonora Claudia Pavlovich Arellano expressed her anger on the attack on Twitter, “As a mother I feel angry, scorn and a profound pain for the cowardly events in the mountains between Sonora and Chihuahua. I don’t know what type of monsters would dare to hurt women and children. As governor, you have all my collaboration so that this doesn’t remain unpunished, and the responsible parties pay.”
A spokesperson from the U.S. State Department stated, “When a U.S. citizen is missing or passes away overseas, we engage with local officials at multiple levels and provide all appropriate consular assistance.” And an FBI official stated, “The FBI has offered to assist Mexican authorities in the investigation.” The drug cartels somehow must pay. Leah Staddon, a relative, said what we are all thinking, “I think a lot of us are just speechless. It’s just horrific.”