Texas Border Business
The innocent women and children who were massacred Monday in northern Mexico were members of a decades-old settlement founded as part of an offshoot of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
La Mora, a small community in Sonora state, where families farm pecans and raise cattle and is just a three-hour drive from the border over dirt roads, was founded by some of the original pioneers sent by the LDS Church to colonize Northern Mexico in the late 1800s, before being excommunicated by the Church.
At least six children and three women living in the faith-based community were murdered when their convoy came under fire by gunmen, believed to be cartel members.
Among those killed were Rhonita Maria LeBaron and her four children. Her burned-out bullet-ridden SUV was reportedly found outside the town of Bavispe, where the settlement is located.
Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and Christina Marie Langford, 31, were also among those killed.