Family Leaves Mexico Home After 40 Years Following Massacre
Nov 14, 2019, 7:11 PM | Updated: 7:39 pm
LA MORA, Mexico — A family said it was forced to leave its home in the small Mexican town of La Mora after more than 40 years because family members fear for their lives after the drug cartel attack that killed nine people last week.
All were American citizens and had family ties to Utah.
“Nothing is worth the safety of our families,” said Lacey Langford, who lost a mother and two siblings in the attack. “It was hard for all of us. We all cried as we drove out and it was definitely very very hard saying goodbye to our home.”
Lacey said she and her family had just hours to pack up and leave. They had no moving trailers, so they left behind tens of thousands of dollars worth of property and years of memories.
“I think it was just the fear within us and the realization that we aren’t safe,” she said. “If women and children can be killed like that so brutally, for absolutely no reason, we are not safe in Mexico. Nobody is going to make that decision when it’s too late. So it was a rush decision.”
Her sister, Lindsey, shared the emotional video with KSL TV. She could be heard sobbing as she films their home and all of the belongings inside.
“It was very very hard for us it was overwhelming,” Lindsey told KSL. “I’m just sobbing in the video and I’m just walking through my home and seeing everything that is special to us. We had a beautiful home.”
But Kenny Miller, who lost a daughter-in-law and four grandchildren in the attack, said he’s not going anywhere.
Miller said he has lived in is La Mora home for almost 50 years, and he just can’t leave it — or his workers — behind.
“I’m staying. I can’t let my workers go, I have like 25 of them and they literally depend on us here,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, this is the most secure place in the country of Mexico right now. They have National Guard here, they have the Army here, they have Federal police here.”
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