After the massacre of nine members of a Mormon family in Mexico, 100 of their fellow believers left the country Saturday and entered the United States.
They drove 18 cars from northern Mexico to Arizona, reports the "Arizona Daily Star". The families rested before sunset at a gas station at the border crossing in Douglas. There, they supplied themselves with food and their cars with fuel, before the trip to Tucson and Phoenix (US state of Utah) continued. The vehicles were loaded with moving boxes, bicycles and bags. Nevertheless, the families have left a lot behind.
The 100 Mormons had been living in the settlements of La Mora and Colonia LeBaron in the Mexican state of Sonora since the 1950s. They are unlikely to be the last to flee after three women and six of their children were murdered on Monday by suspected Mexican cartel killers. The police assume that the killers held the women and children in their vehicles from a distance for a rival gang and therefore fired. In fact, the women and children were on their way to a wedding. Around the scene, the police found more than 200 cartridge cases. Then the killers set fire to the cars.
Bryce Langford, whose mother Dawna Ray Langford (43) was killed along with two 11-year-old sons and a two-year-old, told AP that most of the Mormons are now moving to Phoenix. But no one knows yet where exactly one will live.
According to Langford, the departure was tough: "The fortunes that they have amassed in Mexico are enormous. Moving away from one day to the next and leaving everything behind is a very sad affair. "