Some leads have emerged in the Mexican massacre which left six children and three American women dead on Monday. The family lived 70 miles from Douglas, Arizona in a Mormon community. The convoy was fired at by Mexican gunmen who were said to be affiliates of a drug cartel.
The Agency for Criminal Investigation has released a statement that the suspects have been arrested in the town of Agua Prieta, across from Douglas. The suspect held two bound and gagged hostages in his vehicle. Not only did they find assault rifles and bulletproof SUVs, but credible evidence has emerged that the gunmen simply mistook the family’s SUV as that of a rival drug cartel with whom they were at war.
Eight young children and babies were able to escape by hiding in the brush though they were wounded. They walked a few miles asking for help. Five of the children were badly injured. Devin Blake Langford, a 13-year old who remained uninjured took charge and walked the group 14 miles for help.
Devin watched as his mother and brothers were all shot dead. His six siblings in the bushes were then his priority as he covered them with sticks and branches to keep them safe while he went out for help. His sister Mckenzie Langford, a 9-year old, then followed him when he did not return for a while when she was rescued.
One of the mothers had hidden her baby in the car before she exited the car to be shot.
Austin Cloes, a relative of one victim, said that this incident must not go unnoticed. These victims should not be nameless but should be talked about.
The FBI has offered the Mexican government help after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rejected Trump’s overture to declare war on the drug cartels to avenge the deaths of the innocent family.
Trump tweeted, “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!”
While Obrador was gracious about the help he was being offered, he said that waging a war is not an answer. His stance is that the previous administration tried to wage a war against these cartels and it did not end well. Therefore, for his sake and ours, we hope he has a diplomatic solution in place.