A JUDGE has ordered a Mexican drug cartel to pay $4.6 billion to the families of nine victims they murdered.
The families have been granted $1.5 billion, which will be tripled under the federal Counter-Terrorism Act.
“We went into a United States courtroom in North Dakota to seek recognition and a measure of justice for the trauma inflicted on our family, and we received it,” said David Langford, husband of one of the victims , to the Associated Press.
In November 2019, Maria Rhonita LeBaron and her twin children, ages 12, 10, and eight months, were murdered by the cartel in Mexico, along with Christina Langford, Dawna Langford, and their children, ages 11 and 2. 90 miles south of the border.
The women, who were part of a Mormon fundamentalist community, traveled in a three-car trailer.
According to court documents, the cartel fired at LeBaron’s vehicle for at least five to 10 minutes, hitting the car at least 321 times.
The cartel then set fire to the vehicle, although experts believe the family was still alive.
“As you sit in this car on fire and watch your siblings, your family members burn, it’s — it has to be the scariest thing that anyone has ever experienced,” Dr. Sebastian Schubl, trauma surgeon and combustion expert, testifies.
dr Schubl estimated the family survived for up to an hour when the vehicle caught fire.
“It was awful, it was disgusting,” LeBaron’s father testified.
“I can’t imagine a more gruesome scene for a father and family to witness and … I, my wife and family have been forced to do the unscrupulous of collecting the bones and ashes of our families.”
North of the car, Christina Langford’s vehicle was struck at least 41 times.
The lead Mexican prosecutor in the case said Christina Langford got out of her vehicle with her hands up, said there were women and children there and asked not to shoot, but the cartel member shot her anyway.
She was traveling with her seven-month-old baby, who “just barely” survived with three gunshot wounds.
Dawna Langford pulled up in her vehicle to help Christina, but the cartel shot the car.
Her two-year-old son was killed when an older sibling held him in her arms. Her 11-year-old son died from a shot in the head.
Dawna Langford was shot dead shortly thereafter.
Her surviving children in the vehicle were released at gunpoint by the cartel, and some were severely wounded, without food or medical care.
Two children carried their younger siblings down the mountain, and one ran eight miles to his family for help while dodging cartel gunfire and jacketless in the cold.
Another child, fearing the first one was dead, made his way towards him and got lost in the darkness.
The first child found his family and all children were found and taken to the hospital after 10 hours.
The day before the attack, 100 “heavily armed” individuals met at the ranch of the Juárez cartel leader to plan the attack, with the aim of retaking territory from a rival gang.
Gang members were ordered by ringleaders to “shoot anyone, be it a civilian, a cop, anyone,” according to court documents.
The gang members were in different places on the street.
Christina Langford planned to travel to obtain her passport to re-enter the United States to meet her husband and five other children.
LeBaron was also seeing her husband, and Dawna was on her way to a family wedding.
While the Treasury Department can seize the cartel’s assets, it is unknown if any exist.
According to the Bismarck Tribune, the cartel was not represented at the trial and did not respond to a subpoena.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5754356/mormons-murder-cartel-mexico-christina-marie-langford-johnson/ Big new update about the slaughter of nine Mormons, including six children and three women, on a remote road