Heart-rending footage emerged from a nine-month-old baby who is recovering at the hospital after surviving being shot in the Mexican cartel ambush and his mother and brothers and sisters being massacred.
Family members shared video and photos of baby Brixton Langford on Thursday at the American Hospital, where he and four other children shot in the attack are being treated.
The five children, who belong to the LeBaron family, were flown from the Mexican state of Sonora to the hospital late Monday Monday after being ambushed by a drug cartel during a trip from their Mormon community.
Three mothers and six children were killed in the eerie attack.
Because the funerals for the nine victims started in Mexico on Thursday, at least three of the five injured children were still being treated in the hospital.
Family members shared video and photos of baby Brixton Langford on Thursday in the American hospital where he and four other children shot in the attack are being treated
& # 39; This is Brixton saying THANK YOU for all prayers, & # 39; wrote family members next to a video of the recovering baby that was on one GoFundMe page on Thursday.
& # 39; Brixton was shot in the chest and was left with an open flesh wound … while a bullet squeezed his wrist. & # 39;
Photographs were also shared of 14-year-old Kylie Langford, who was shot in the foot, and 9-year-old Mckenzie Rayne Langford, who was shot in the arm while smiling side by side in a hospital bed.
Eight-year-old Cody Greyson Langford was shot in the jaw and four-year-old Xander was shot in the back. The stage of their recovery was not immediately known.
All five children who were shot belonged to Dawna Langford, who was shot alongside her two sons, Trevor (11) and Rogan (3).
Christina Marie Langford Johnson and Rhonita Miller and her four children were also murdered – six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, her 10-year-old daughter Krystal and the 12-year-old son Howard.
The funerals for the two sons of Christina, Dawna and Dawna will be held near their community on Thursday.
The remains of Rhonita and her four children will be buried on Friday in another village called Colonia LeBaron.
Brixton had to undergo surgery after being shot in the chest during the massacre on Monday. He is pictured above in the hospital with a male family member
Photographs were also shared of 14-year-old Kylie Langford, who was shot in the foot, and 9-year-old Mckenzie Rayne Langford, who was shot in the arm while smiling side by side in a hospital bed with a man's family member
Nine-year-old Mckenzie Rayne Langford was shot in the arm. Mckenzie was the girl who was reported missing for a while after looking for help after the attack. She walked for hours in the dark before being found several hours after the other children were saved
An aunt who takes care of the five children in the hospital, Leah Langford Staddon, wrote an emotional Facebook post on Thursday saying that the ordeal involving her family questioned her to God, but said it would not diminish her faith.
& While sitting here in the hospital with my dear cousins while my whole family is getting ready in Mexico for the funeral of nine of my dear relatives, I feel more fear and sadness and anger and pain and shock than ever before throughout my life, she wrote.
& # 39; I find myself wondering why? Why did God allow bad people to kill his most beautiful innocent children and mothers? To be taken away from their spouses and remaining children? Why are there such evil, heartless, so soulless people in the world? Why does my special innocent little cousin have to undergo several surgeries to repair the damage caused by bullets?
& # 39; I wish I could somehow catch every bullet that hit these five kids. That I could take away their pain, confusion and trauma.
Devin Langford, 13, was one of the few non-injured young people and quickly took the lead and eventually walked back to La Mora for help. He had covered his brothers and sisters with branches to hide them before he went for help
& # 39; I know that trials have been given to us for our learning and growing, but this seems too much to bear. But I don't let this diminish my faith in God (). I know he has a goal and a plan in all things. I have to keep believing that. & # 39;
The moment they were attacked, the mothers rode in separate vehicles with their children from the La Mora religious community where they live. It is a decade-old settlement in the state of Sonora, founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A total of eight children, some of them only babies, survived the ambush.
The surviving children not only escaped the gunmen of the drug cartel who murdered their mother, but managed to hide in the brush for hours until help arrived.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, poignant and heroic details of the attack appeared.
Christina is credited with saving the life of her baby Faith after she put the seven-month-old on the floor of her Suburban and stepped out of the vehicle, waving her arms to show the shooters that she was no threat.
She may have been removed from the vehicle to divert their attention because her bullet-ridden body was found about 15 meters away from the SUV.
The baby was injured and still found in her car seat in the back seat of the SUV when family members arrived on the scene hours later. Since then she has been reunited with her father Tyler Johnson.
It is almost impossible to describe what the surviving children went through in the remote, mountainous area of the state of Sonora.
Devin Langford, 13, was one of the few non-injured young people and quickly took the lead and eventually walked back to La Mora for help.
Rhonita Miller and four of her children – her six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, her 10-year-old daughter Krystal and the 12-year-old son Howard – were all killed. Two more mothers, Dawna Langford and Christina Langford Johnson, as well as the sons of Dawna, Trevor, 11 and Rogan, 3, were all also killed
The nine victims of the LeBaron family, including three mothers and six children, were shot on Monday morning while traveling in three SUVs from the Mormon community where they live in the state of Sonora
Soldiers assigned to the National Guard of Mexico stand by a bullet-riddled vehicle of one of the mothers shot in the cartel ambush that killed nine
& # 39; After seeing his mother and brothers being shot, Devin hid his six other siblings in the bushes and covered them with branches to keep them safe while he went for help, & # 39; said one of his relatives, Kendra Miller said.
& # 39; When it took too long to return, his 9-year-old sister left the remaining five to try again. & # 39;
That girl, Mckenzie, walked for hours in the dark before being found a few hours after the other kids were saved. She was reported missing for a while.
All in all, the children were alone from about 1 p.m. when the ambush began, until about 7.30 p.m. when they were rescued.
Relatives from La Mora tried to reach them for that, but were shot back by gunfire.
Mexican officials say the family was the victim of a territorial dispute between an arm of the Sinaloa cartel of El Chapo and its rival Juarez cartel.
Authorities believe that the family has been used to lure one side to a firefight.
They specifically blamed the Juarez cartel and its La Linea armed wing for the attack on the LeBaron family.
The area in the state of Sonora where the family was murdered is dominated by foothills of the Sinaloa cartel, the Salazar.
Hours before the attack on the LeBaron family, La Linea sent gunmen to defend the state border after attacks in a nearby town carried out by Salazar.
Dawna & # 39; s injured children are pictured above in the hospital. Kylie Evelyn, 14, is pictured left in the hospital with blood-soaked jeans as she is comforted by a family member after the shocking attack. Brixon Oliver, 10 months old, feeds from a bottle (right) in the hospital next to his brothers and sisters
Dawna & # 39; s injured children are pictured above in the hospital. The brothers Xander Boe (4) and Cody Grayson (7) suffered gunshot wounds during the attack
The shooters of La Linea had entered the cartel area of Sinaloa and had set up an armed outpost on a hilltop and an ambush further down the road.
Top Mexican general, Homero Mendoza, said it resulted in a shootout on Monday around 3:15 PM that ended with the death of a man.
The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to send a message that it controlled the road to Chihuahua, the general said. It was this invasion force that drove in the American mothers and their three vehicles later on Monday morning.
When the assassins struck, the three LeBaron families spread out at about 9.40 am along a 12-mile road along the border of the two states.
Days later, members of the Mexican National Guard offered protection to the LeBaron family in the state of Sonora when the secluded Mormon community prepared for the first funeral.
Dozens of high-riding pick-ups and SUVs, many from the US, arrived at night in the La Mora religious community in the state of Sonora, where the victims lived.
At least 1,000 visitors were expected in La Mora, a dozens of years old settlement founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Images showed convoys of vehicles making their way across unpaved roads as they found their way to the community while heavily armed officers guarded the route.
Accompanied by heavily armed Mexican authorities, family members of the LeBaron family mourn the site where nine were shot Monday.
Men dig a mass grave for some of the women and children related to the extended LeBaron family who were killed by gunmen of drug cartels
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