Several of the nine women and children who were brutally murdered by suspected gunman on an isolated highway in Mexico were shot at point-blank range.
This revelation comes at a time when Mexican authorities are refusing to allow American officials to investigate the crime that left members of a small American Mormon village dead.
An American federal investigator disclosed to the NY Post that some of the evidence from the shootings could already be compromised.
‘They were taken out of their cars and shot,’ they said.
Pictured: The three mothers and six young children who were savagely murdered by Mexican drug cartel gunman on November 4
‘It’s kind of disturbing that the FBI has had no access to the crime scene, which is probably a disaster already because the Mexicans have allowed families to remove the bodies. Any evidence that could have been gathered is probably destroyed.’
A Mexican investigator said the alleged hitmen, ‘shot some of the victims at point-blank range.’
It’s reported that Mexican authorities are still combing the scene in the state of Sonora for evidence, which is around 70 miles away from the Arizona border.
Members of the National Guard patrolled the Sonora Mountain range where members of the LeBaron community, a Mormon group in Mexico, were killed
The horrifying incident occurred on Monday, November 4.
Christina Maria Langford Johnson, 29, was driving in a Chevy Suburban with her 7-month-old daughter, Faith, when the attack took place.
Johnson jumped out of her vehicle in an attempt to get the gunmen to stop, but she was fatally shot in the chest.
She placed baby Faith, who was in a car seat, on the Chevy’s floor before exiting the car, saving the babies life.
Another SUV was driven by Dawna Langford, 43, who was also traveling with Langford to a wedding in Chihuahua.
Gunmen killed Langford and two children, 11-year-old Trevor and 2-year-old Rogan, while eight other children inside the vehicle were able to hide until it was safe.
Family members and friends look at the scorched remains of Rhonita Miller LeBaron’s SUV Tahoe after it caught fire during the massacre (pictured)
During the barrage of bullets from gunmen, one hit the vehicle’s gas tank and set it ablaze while LeBaron and four of her children were inside
Those surviving children, of which five were injured, hid in nearby brush before walking back to their community to get help.
The third mother was Rhonita Miller LeBaron, 30, who was driving a SUV with four of her seven children.
Miller’s Tahoe reportedly suffered a flat tire while the family was on the way to pick her husband up from a Phoenix airport to celebrate their anniversary.
Members of the LeBaron family arrive in a caravan of cars to the site where the three mothers and six children were killed
Before she could get help their car was caught in a hail of bullets, one of which struck the vehicles gas tank.
Miller and four of her children were incinerated in their SUV after the vehicle exploded into flames.
The children included Howard, 12, Krystal, 10, and 8-month-old twins Titus and Tiana.
A funeral was held for Christina Maria Langford Johnson on Saturday, where family and loved ones mourned her passing
All the victims were dual US-Mexican citizens and all are believed to have been members of the extended LeBaron family.
The LeBaron family settled in Sonora decades ago to practice polygamy after it was banned from the Mormon church in Utah.
The Mexican government claims that the sudden attack was the result of local drug cartel gunmen who mistook the Mormons’ fleet of dark SUV’s for a rival gang’s.
Hector Mendoza, the Army chief of staff, said that the incident involved a faction of the Juarez cartel, La Linea, and their competitors from the Sinaloa Cartel – once controlled by Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.
Men carry the remains of Dawna Langford and her two sons, Trevor and Rogan, before their burial at cemetery in La Mora on Thursday
Mendoza says that the two groups had an altercation one day before the massacre in the same area.
He said that the gunmen allowed some of the surviving children to flee, signaling that ‘it was not a targeted attack.’
However, both of the previous sources told the NY Post that this was simply a cover up done by the Mexican government to hide the attacks’ true targets.
Pictured: the graves of Rhonita Maria Miller and her four children on Saturday
The American investigator said: ‘We’ve been saying all along that the Mexican government just doesn’t want to investigate anything related to drug trafficking.’
‘They will go to any extreme to cover everything up. It’s completely corrupt, and it’s only going to get worse.’
This source claims that government officials in Sonora state asked the FBI for help looking into the killings, but were cut off by Mexican federal officials.
Some members of the victim’s families, who were part of Mormon communities in Sonora and Chihuahua, expressed their doubts regarding the Mexican government’s explanation.
Julian LeBaron told El Universal: ‘They [the hitmen] had to know that these were women and children.’
Relatives and members of the LeBaron community gathered together to attend Miller and her four children’s funeral
He said some of the eight children who survived the attack said one mother left her truck with her hands up when she was fatally shot.
Adrian LaBaron, Johnson’s father-in-law, revealed that their community has been without internet and cellphone service after the funeral service for Johnson ended.
He believes the Mexican government may have something to do with the downed communication lines.
He told DailyMail.com: ‘As soon as we ended the burial our service stopped working. There were a lot of cameras broadcasting live. I don’t know if anyone shut it off on purpose. I’m not sure, but I think so.’
‘I believe that the [Mexican] Senate were the ones that ordered that all these lines of communication be cut off because they were active at funerals now and very strong things were spoken at the funeral.’
‘They asked me a question, do you think that in Mexico they need the help of the United States with the organized crime situation? I told them no, that it definitely does not need the help of the United States, I told them that it needs the help of the entire world. That’s how messed up Mexico is.’
In the wake of the murders, some families are fleeing their homes and returning across the border to America.
A 18-wheel caravan carrying around 100 members of the Mexican Mormon communities arrived in Arizona on Saturday.
Passengers packed their lives away and other personal items as they left behind the place their families had called home since the 1950s.
Bryce Langford (pictured): ‘…to have to up and leave from one day to the next and leave all that behind, there’s definitely a lot of sad people here’
Leah Langford-Staddon, a member of the Mormon community, said her family members spent the day before desperately preparing for the move.
She said: ‘They spent the whole day yesterday packing. It was frantic.’
Bryce Langford, whose mother is Dawna Langford, said the decision to leave was difficult.
‘The assets that they’ve acquired down there are tremendous. And to have to up and leave from one day to the next and leave all that behind, there’s definitely a lot of sad people here,’ he said.
Adrian said that Langford’s husband will be leaving for America with one of his other wives and their children.
He said: ‘No way he is going to leave her alone. He has to go to work.’
Funerals for the victims have begun, starting with Friday with members of the Miller family.
Kenny Miller, Rhonita’s father-in-law, spoke graveside and prayed for justice.
‘We pray, Father, that good will come out of this terrible incident, that the way may be opened up for this country to find justice for those that don’t have a voice,’ he said.
Miller expressed the sentiment that the drug cartels have grown stronger since they began their stronghold in 2007.
More than 250,000 Mexicans have been killed in the continuing violence, several of which were related to drug-related crimes.
Family members are physically react during the funeral for Miller and the four children
‘I really believe that the cartels in Mexico have moved to another level of barbarity, they are as bad or worse than ISIS. ISIS have an ideology,’ 65-year-old Rosa LeBaron said.
‘These sicarios, why are they doing it? Out of greed and pure evil.’
She continued: ‘This is so beyond comprehension, we’re living like we’re in Afghanistan, 100 miles from the U.S. border. They have to wipe these bad men out of Mexico just like the coalition that goes into Syria and these places.’
Johnson was buried Saturday in a plain pine casket and surrounded by members of the Mormon communities.
Her husband, Tyler Johnson, was seen holding a young boy during the funeral in LeBaron, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Mourning family members of Johnson (pictured) say she saved her infant daughter’s life when she placed the baby on the SUV’s floor before exiting the car
Young children and other loved ones stand beside Johnson’s grave on Saturday as she was laid to rest
While the attacks seem sudden, the LeBaron family and nearby cartels have been clashing for years.
The Mormon communities have long condemned the atrocities performed by Mexican cartels and resisted extortion attempts in the past.
In 2009, Julian LeBaron’s older brother, Benjamin, was killed by traffickers after he led protest against the kidnapping of their 10-year-old brother Eric.
A cartel was holding Eric ransom for $1 million.
The family refused to pay the ransom and Eric was eventually released, but Benjamin and a neighbor, Luis Widmar, were killed by 20 armed men who invaded their home.
Julian said in a 2010 opinion piece in a Dallas newspapers: ‘These are not isolated incidents.’
‘Throughout our nation, countless people have lost their lives or their security in a similar manner, while politics of confusion and volumes of magic words appear to have more sway than reality.’