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Massacre brings Mormon sects together

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Published on November 10, 2019 - Duration: 01:30s

Massacre brings Mormon sects together

Members of a breakaway Mormon community tucked in the hills of northern Mexico buried the last of their dead on Saturday after a devastating massacre, and some headed for safer ground in the United States.

Tamara Lindstrom reports.

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Massacre brings Mormon sects together

Church pews were packed full and at the center of the altar, white flowers spelled the word โ€œMommy,โ€ at the last funeral for the nine women and children slaughtered by drug cartel gunmen in northern Mexico.

Saturday's service in LeBaron, Chihuahua, brought three straight days of funerals to a close for a breakaway Mormon community.

Hundreds of friends and family from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border gathered to honor Christina Langford, who died in the ambush last week that killed three women and six children.

Family members say Langford exited her car with her arms outstretched to signal she was not a gang member, after wedging her daughter's car seat on the floor of the vehicle.

The baby, Faith, was found unharmed in the bullet-riddled SUV.

The deaths have brought together different Mormon groups, and even some of those who fled them, to demand that not only Mexico or the United States but an international task force intervene in the countryโ€™s endemic violence.

(SOUND BITE) (DUBBED) COUSIN OF ONE OF THE ATTACK VICTIMS, NATALIA STUFF, SAYING:"This is bigger than Mexico, we're families from the United States and Mexico, we grew up in both places.

And, I don't understand why it wouldn't be a good idea to work together." The victim's communities of LeBaron and La Mora stem from the late 1800s, when upheaval over polygamy in the Mormon church led to their founding.

While the Mexican government has deployed troops to keep watch, the killings have traumatized the Mormon communities, prompting some families to head for safety in the United States after the last of their dead were buried.

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