LOCAL NEWS

Utah Family Says Relatives Gunned Down In Attack In Mexico

Nov 4, 2019, 11:04 PM | Updated: 11:10 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The U.S. State Department said Monday it was aware of reports that U.S. citizens, including three mothers and several children with ties to Utah, were gunned down in a small town less than 100 miles south of the Mexican border.

“It’s terrible. I never could have imagined it. It’s been so peaceful down there. We’ve never been in the middle of any cartel violence at all,” said Taylor Langford, who was born and raised where it happened, more than a thousand miles south of Salt Lake City in a small Mexican town called La Mora.

The first sign of tragedy was the charred remains of a vehicle that Langford said belonged to his cousin Rhonita.

“They saw the smoke and went up to see what was going on,” he said of his relatives who live there.

Langford said Rhonita and four of her children, including twin babies, were inside the car heading to Arizona when they were ambushed, shot and then burned.

“Helpless families are being innocently killed down there,” Langford said.

“These are U.S. citizens,” Langford’s wife, Laura, added.

The Langfords were among several family members in Utah who waited anxiously throughout Monday for any hint of good news. Sadly, the updates only grew worse.

“This was an attack on families, women and children. They need to step in and protect their citizens,” Langford said, speaking of the Mexican government.

His aunt Dawna was traveling in a separate car with nine of her children. She and at least three of the children were killed, according to family.

The whereabouts of the others were unknown for much of the day until her 13-year-old son managed to escape back to town to alert others that his siblings were hiding and wounded.

Langford said his other cousin Christina was also riding in the group, in another car with her baby. Christina was killed and the baby somehow survived, despite being hit, according to Langford.

Langford said the shooting from the cartels lasted much of the day, leaving his parents, siblings and hundreds of others in the small town with little choice but to stay inside. Many of them go back and forth between Utah and Mexico.

“Most of them are hunkered down. They don’t know what else to do,” Langford said.

“They’re terrified,” Laura Langford said. “They’re waiting for help from the government.”

Waiting, hoping and praying that the heartbreaking news will end soon.

“It’s not just got caught in gunfire in the wrong place at the wrong time. This was a whole new level of cartel violence,” Taylor Langford said.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson said, “We are aware of these reports. The safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad is among the Department of State’s top priorities. When a U.S. citizen is missing or passes away overseas, we engage with local officials at multiple levels and provide all appropriate consular assistance.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

In March, Amariah Jacobs was on a hike with her husband along the Oregon coast when she found a rar...

Paulina Aguilar, CNN

Preschool teacher finds rare fossil along Oregon coast

In March, Amariah Jacobs was on a hike with her husband along the Oregon coast when she found a rare fossil of an extinct animal.

3 hours ago

(Courtesy: Ogden Utah Fire Department) The aftermath of the fire...

Carlysle Price

Ogden mobile home fire claims lives of a cat and dog

A one-story mobile home caught fire Friday night near Wall Avenue, where four people and three pets were affected. 

3 hours ago

A man stands near what was discovered to be a well that opened up in a Spanish Fork man's Driveway....

Brianna Chavez

Spanish Fork homeowner finds old well under his driveway

After years of gradual change in one Spanish Fork homeowner's driveway, a well was discovered after part of the concrete caved in.

15 hours ago

Michael Cook, who was running for the Republican nomination for Spanish Fork's District 25 senate s...

Carlysle Price and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Former Senate candidate charged for refusing to leave a USPS while gathering signatures

Former Republican candidate Michael Cook is facing two charges after allegedly attempting to gather signatures in a federal building on March 29.

17 hours ago

FILE: A Summit County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle. (KSL TV)...

Alexander Campbell

Multiple Summit County businesses affected by counterfeit scheme, one arrested in connection

After reports of businesses being passed counterfeit money, one man is arrested in Summit County and facing drug and forgery charges.

17 hours ago

Green grass and wildflowers grow as a cyclist rides on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in the foothi...

Carter Williams

Salt Lake City hits 1st 80-degree day of year, ties 88-year-old record

Utah's capital tied an 88-year-old temperature record on Friday as the high temperature at Salt Lake City International Airport surpassed 80 degrees for the first time this year.

17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Utah Family Says Relatives Gunned Down In Attack In Mexico