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Mexico massacre: Boy, 13, hid siblings, walked 23km looking for help

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Map highlighting Sonora Mexico in the Northwestern corner of the country between Baja California and Chihuahua

A security baby auto seat stained in blood is pictured in a bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to one of the Mexican-American Mormon families that were killed by unknown assailants, in Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico November 5, 2019.

Family members blamed the attack on drug cartels that rule the area, and Mexican officials said the carnage may have been the result of mistaken identity. Her seven-month-old baby, Faith Langford, was found on the floor of the vehicle in her baby seat and survived.

When the killers struck, the families were spread out along a 12-mile (20 km) stretch of road near the border of the two states, according to Mexican authorities and the families.

"My family have been generational polygamists all the way back to (founder of Mormonism) Joseph Smith and my mother was raised in this", said Bostwick, who now lives outside Seattle and has not returned to the communities since she was a child.

Attackers besieged the three vehicles with bullets and fire on Monday, the authorities said, killing nine and wounding several children.

After witnessing his household be brutally murdered in an ambush in Mexico, one 13-year-old boy trekked by way of the damaging countryside for six hours to get assist for the injured survivors.

The Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels have for years been at odds over lucrative routes in the border region used to move cocaine, heroin and other narcotics into the United States.

Devin Langford, whose mother and two brothers were shot to death, covered his surviving siblings, all under 14 years old, with branches in a nearby bush before going for help in La Mora, a Mormon settlement in Sonora, Mexico, NBC News reported.

President Trump tweeted a condemnation of the attack and said "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". For 11 hours, the relatives had no idea about what had happened to their loved ones.

The youngest of Devin's siblings, nine-month old Oliver, was shot in the chest; eight-year-old Cody had bullet wounds to the jaw and the leg, while Xander, 4, had been hit in the back. "We're taught from a young age to - the most - the best thing you can do in your life is to give your life for someone else, and if we ever have an opportunity to help somebody, we do". His 9-year-old sister, Mckenzie, who was shot in the arm, took off after her brother and was later found lost and wandering in the desert by search parties, according to a relative's Facebook post. Another sister, Kylie, was shot in the foot, while sibling Ryder was uninjured.

Twins Titus and Tiana are believed to have died too. Staddon said her brother discovered the bullet-ridden vehicle that was still smoldering, and shot video of the charred bodies inside as evidence.

As nightfall loomed, 9-year-old McKenzie Langford - who was shot in the wrist - grew anxious about Devin and said, "I gotta go find him", Lafe Langford said. "Only ashes and a few bones remain".

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