A 7-month-old baby was found in a nearby auto - 29-year-old Christina Langford Johnson had left her in a auto seat the backseat of a vehicle before confronting the gunmen as they attacked her family.
"We're still looking for answers and praying for answers", Langford said on CNN's "New Day" in an interview from Louisiana Wednesday. They were near the Arizona United states border when the incident happened.
A family friend who created a GoFundMe page for the family said, "We are a community of USA citizens that live and operate between Mexico and the United States we are under attack as we speak by the cartels in Mexico".
Clad in shirt sleeves, suits or modest dresses, about 500 mourners embraced in grief under white tents erected in La Mora, a hamlet of about 300 people who consider themselves Mormon but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The group of mums and kids were said to be travelling in convoy of three SUVs on a dirt road in northern Mexico. While they were going, their vehicle got suddenly tore up by raining bullets. "The mothers were dead".
The families' account of the attacks and subsequent efforts to recover the surviving children include reports of shooting from the hillsides that continued well after dusk.
"They shot us up, burned our vehicles to send a smoke signal into the sky", Langford tells Reuters, alleging that the Juarez cartel's goal was to draw the Sinaloa gunmen into battle. The boy walked 14 miles to his home in La Mora to get help. "I am closely following the situation in the mountains between Sonora and Chihuahua".
Dawna Ray Langford's son Devin, 13, managed to escape their vehicle with six of his siblings.
"After witnessing his mother and brothers being shot dead, Devin hid his six other siblings in the bushes and covered them with branches to keep them safe while he went for help", Kendra Lee Miller told the Associated Press.
"She had a bullet through her wrist, but nevertheless, she was probably in the best shape to walk at that point". She reportedly hid her daughter in the SUV before she got out of the vehicle, waving her arms to show the gunmen she wasn't a threat, USA Today reported.
"What they went through, what they experienced - we don't have the capacity just to imagine what these children went through", he said.
Rhonita Maria Miller, her twin infants Titus and Tiana, son Howard and daughter Krystal (above) were among nine USA citizens shot and burned in their SUVs Monday.
But when the lads arrived, McKenzie was lacking, as she had fled for assist when her older brother didn't return rapidly. Relatives from La Mora tried to reach them before that but were turned back by gunfire. They're bleeding, they're shot.
We are "attributing the implementation of the attack against the LeBaron and Langford families" to La Linea, Mendoza Ruiz said.