9 Mormon Family Members Shot, 'Burned Alive' in Attack on U.S.-Mexico Border

Wreckage of a burnt-out vehicle that may have belonged to the LeBaron family (YouTube/The Telegraph)

At least nine Mormon family members were horrifically slaughtered Monday in an attack at the U.S.-Mexico border. The victims include three women and six children, two of whom were infants.

NPR reports that authorities believe the family was ambushed by gang members while traveling between the states of Chihuahua and Sonora. Each person killed was reportedly a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen.

The victims were members of the LeBaron family. The LeBarons have lived on the Mexico side of the border for several decades since separating from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints after the church stopped endorsing polygamy.

Not everyone was killed in the attack, though. Six children were injured and one minor escaped unharmed.

Family member Alex LeBaron tells CNN that the slain victims were "all shot while in vehicles driving."

"Women and children (between 14 years old and 10 months) were massacred, burned alive," LeBaron said. "Mothers were screaming for the fire to stop."

Police believe that criminal groups ambushed three vehicles and attacked due to mistaken identity.

Authorities took the seven survivors of the attack to Douglas, Arizona, so they could be taken to hospitals.

In response to the vicious attack, President Donald Trump urged Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez to discuss security with the U.S. and offered aid in "cleaning out these monsters":

"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," Trump tweeted.

Lopez has agreed to such a discussion, according to Reuters, but said he did not want Mexico's independence compromised.


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