News of the horrific shooting of nine American citizens in Mexico has dominated news headlines recently. The victims of the shooting —suspected to have been committed by drug cartel gunmen in a case of mistaken identity — took the lives of three women and six children as they traveled in three separate vehicles from their home community of LaMora, in Sonora, Mexico.
Thirteen-year-old Devin Blake Langford was a passenger in a vehicle with his mother, Dawna Langford, and his eight siblings. Devin's mother and two of his brothers were shot to death in the tragic incident, but Devin did everything he could to ensure the rest of his siblings were safe. In a Facebook post, family relative Kendra Lee Miller wrote that Devin helped hide his six surviving siblings in the bushes, covering them with branches to keep them hidden as he left to get help.
It took Devin six hours to walk the 14 miles back to LaMora to get help from his family members, and during the time he was gone Devin's 9-year-old sister McKenzie left to try to find help on her own. The teen was the first to alert his family to the news of the killings.
Upon hearing the news Devin's family members quickly took action. "Devin's uncles armed themselves with guns and returned to try and find the hidden children, knowing many of them were injured," Miller wrote. "They didn't get far before realizing they would be risking death, since there had been continual shooting for hours, all over the mountains near LaMora. The group of men waited a while for reinforcements, and around 7:30 found the hidden children."
Thankfully they also found a 7-month-old baby named Faith in the car driven by her mother, Christina Langford. Christina was reportedly shot when she exited her vehicle to plead with the shooters to stop, alerting them that the vehicles were filled with women and children. Thankfully, Faith was unharmed. "She was in her car seat, which looked to have been hurriedly placed on the floor of the vehicle by her mother for protection," Miller wrote.
The ambush also claimed the lives of Ronita Miller and four of her seven children, including her 8-month-old twins, that were in the car with her. "Nita and the four of her seven children she had taken on the trip were burned to mostly ashes and only a few charred bones left to identify that all five had been inside. It appeared that one tried to escape as the front passenger door was open and the remains were partially in and out of the vehicle," Miller wrote.
Devin's uncles and soldiers were also able to locate McKenzie safe about two hours after they arrived. Devin's father, David Langford arrived from Arizona to escort his five injured children back to Arizona for treatment while "Devin, his brother Jake, and Christina's baby Faith, all uninjured, are now in the care of their aunts and grandmas in LaMora."
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the families with medical and funeral expenses.