At least nine Americans killed in Mexican highway ambush
The dead included 8-month-old twins, said Kendra Lee Miller, who is related to many of the victims. There were at least eight survivors.
Nine American citizens, including two infants, were killed on Monday while traveling in Mexico.
Some details about the fatal attack yesterday near the US-Mexico border are unclear — here’s what we know now.
At least nine dead: Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said three women and six children were killed in the attack. Kendra Lee Miller identified her sister-in-law, Rhonita Marie Miller, 30, and four of Rhonita’s seven children — including two 8-month-olds — among the victims. Funerals are expected to take place within the next two days.
More are injured: Seven children injured from the ambush were flown from Mexico to Douglas, Arizona, for transport to Tucson hospitals, a family member told CNN.
About the victims: A relative of the victims said the nine were family members and all had dual US-Mexico citizenship. Relatives describe them as being part of a Mormon community of about 3,000 members, living in their own agricultural community. A spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the religious group was not affiliated with the LDS.
Burned and shot: The family was “ambushed” by an “armed group” at around 3:00 p.m. ET, according to Mexico’s security minister. Kendra Lee Miller said that when her relatives went to inspect the scene, “all they found was charred remains, ash and bones.”
What the US is saying: The FBI has also offered to assist Mexican authorities in the investigation, and President Trump tweeted that cartels were behind the attack (While the attorney general of the State of Chihuahua said preliminary information indicates they were attacked by criminal groups, officials have not explicitly said a drug cartel was behind the attack).