Several of the nine women and children who were brutally murdered by suspected gunmen on an isolated highway in Mexico were allegedly shot at close range during a targeted assassination.
The revelation comes as Mexican authorities reportedly refused to allow US authorities to investigate the massacre that claimed the lives of members of a small American Mormon village.
A US federal investigator has revealed to the New York Post that some of the evidence from the shooting may already be compromised.
"They were out of their car and shot dead," said a US federal investigator.
"It is quite disturbing that the FBI does not have access to the crime scene, which is probably already a disaster because Mexicans have allowed families to remove the bodies. Any evidence that could have been gathered is probably destroyed, "they added.
A Mexican investigator said the alleged perpetrators allegedly "shot dead some of the victims at close range."
On Saturday, the funeral of victim Christina Marie Langford took place.
As a result of the murders, some families are fleeing their homes and returning to America.
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Pictured: Three mothers and six young children brutally murdered by a Mexican drug cartel on Nov. 4
Members of local Mormon communities and relatives of Le Baron's extended family attend Christina Marie Langford funeral on Saturday
On Saturday, the funeral of victim Christina Marie Langford took place. Family members attend the funeral above
An 18-wheeled caravan carrying about 100 members of Mexican Mormon communities arrived in Arizona on Saturday.
Passengers took their lives and belongings leaving the place their family had called home since the 1950s.
According to sources, Mexican authorities are still analyzing the scene in the state of Sonora in search of evidence, located about 70 kilometers from the Arizona border.
The Mexican government says the sudden onslaught of Monday, Nov. 4 is the result of local drug cartel shooters who confused the Mormons fleet of black sport utility vehicles with that of a rival gang.
Hector Mendoza, the chief of the army staff, said the incident involved a faction of the Juarez cartel, La Linea, and their competitors from the Sinaloa cartel, formerly controlled by Joaquin & # 39; El Chapo & # 39; Guzman.
Mendoza says both groups had an altercation one day before the massacre in the same area.
He said the gunmen had allowed some of the surviving children to flee, signaling that "it was not a targeted attack".
However, the two previous sources told the NY Post that it was simply a concealment by the Mexican government to conceal the real targets of the attacks.
Young children and other loved ones stand near Johnson's grave on Saturday
The funeral of Christina Maria Langford Johnson took place on Saturday, during which her family and relatives mourned her passing.
On the photo: The graves of Rhonita Maria Miller and her four children Saturday
Christina Maria Langford Johnson, 29, was driving in a Chevrolet suburb with her seven month old daughter Faith when the attack took place.
Johnson jumped out of her vehicle to try to stop the gunmen, but she was fatally hit in the chest.
She placed little Faith, who was sitting in a car seat, on the floor of the Chevrolet before getting out of the car, thus saving the girl's life.
Dawna Langford, 43, was driving another all-terrain vehicle and was also traveling with him to a wedding in Chihuahua.
Gunmen killed Langford and two children, 11-year-old Trevor, and two-year-old Rogan and eight other children inside the vehicle were able to hide until everything was safe.
The surviving children, five of whom were injured, hid in nearby scrub before returning to their communities for help.
The third mother was Rhonita Miller LeBaron, 30, who was driving a SUV with four of her seven children.
Miller, Tahoe, reportedly had a puncture while the family was about to pick up her husband at a Phoenix airport.
Before she could get help, their car was caught in a shower of bullets, one of which hit the vehicle's fuel tank.
Miller and four of his children were cremated in their SUV after the vehicle exploded in flames.
The children included Howard, 12, Krystal, Twins Titus and Tiana, 10 and 8 months old.
Members of the LeBaron family examine the vehicle on November 5th. Some of the nine murdered family members were killed and burned during an ambush.
All of the victims were dual US-Mexican nationals, all of whom belonged to the extended LeBaron family.
The LeBaron family settled in Sonora several decades ago to practice polygamy after it was banned from leaving the Mormon Church of Utah.
The US investigator said, "We are saying from the beginning that the Mexican government simply does not want to investigate issues related to drug trafficking."
"They will go to the extreme to hide everything. It's completely corrupt, and it's only going to get worse.
According to this source, government officials in the state of Sonora have sought help from the FBI to investigate the killings, but have been cut by Mexican federal officials.
An FBI spokesman told the NYP on Saturday: "The FBI continues to engage with our partners in the US government and Mexican law enforcement. We have offered our help and are ready to help as a result of this tragedy. & # 39;
Some members of the victim's families, belonging to the Mormon communities of Sonora and Chihuahua, have also expressed doubts about the explanations of the Mexican government.
Julian LeBaron told El Universal, "They [the hitmen] I had to know that they were women and children.
He said that some of the eight children who survived the attack said that a mother left her truck with her hands in the air when she was shot and killed.
Adrian LaBaron, Johnson's father-in-law, revealed that their community did not have access to the Internet and mobile phone after the end of Johnson's funeral.
He thinks the Mexican government might have something to do with the broken lines of communication.
He told DailyMail.com: "As soon as we finished burial, our service stopped working. There were a lot of cameras broadcasting live. I do not know if someone did it on purpose. I'm not sure, but I think so.
& # 39; I believe that the [Mexican] It was the members of the Senate who ordered that all these lines of communication be cut off because they were active at the funeral and that very strong speeches were given at the funeral. & # 39;
"They asked me a question. Do you think that in Mexico, they need help from the United States to fight organized crime? I told them no, it certainly does not need help from the United States, I told them it needed help from around the world. That's how Mexico is messed up.
Bryce Langford (photo): "… having to get up and leave overnight and leave it behind, there are certainly a lot of sad people here"
Cole Langford, left, and Hayden Spenct, of the Mormon colony of La Mora, Mexico, get hugged at a gas station rendezvous in Douglas, Arizona.
Members of the Mormon colony of La Mora, Mexico, greet each other at a gas station rendezvous in Douglas, Arizona on Saturday
On Saturday, families were coming in and out of a gas station in Douglas, near the port of entry, as the sun began to set as they prepared to return to the United States.
They filled up with gas, inflated their tires and found food before heading back to Tucson and Phoenix. Their trucks were loaded with cardboard boxes, bicycles, tires and spare bags and all their belongings as they left the communities of Mexico where their families were called home since the 1950s.
Families lived in two hamlets in the state of Sonora in Mexico: La Mora and Colonia LeBaron. Other inhabitants of the hamlets have planned to leave in the next few days.
Monday's deadly attack took place while the women were traveling with their children to visit relatives.
Leah Langford-Staddon, a member of the Mormon community, said her family members had spent the day packing up before preparing for the move.
Bryce Langford, whose mother is Dawna Langford, said the decision to leave was difficult.
"The assets they've acquired there are huge. And having to get up and leave overnight and leave all that behind, there are certainly a lot of sad people here, "he said.
Adrian said that Langford's husband would leave for America with one of his other wives and their children.
He said, "No way that he's leaving her alone. He has to go to work.
Family members gather at the funeral of Miller and his four children Friday
Parents and members of the LeBaron community gathered to attend the funeral of Miller and his four children on Friday
Kenny Miller, Rhonita's father-in-law, spoke of a grave Friday at his funeral and prayed for justice to be done.
"We pray, Father, that this terrible incident will produce good, so that the country can open the way to justice for those who do not have a voice," he said.
Miller has expressed the feeling that drug cartels have grown stronger since the beginning of their stronghold in 2007.
More than 250,000 Mexicans have been killed in ongoing violence, many of them linked to drug – related crimes.
"I really believe that the cartels in Mexico have gone to another level of barbarism, they are as bad or worse than the Islamic state. ISIS has an ideology, "said Rosa LeBaron, 65.
& # 39; These sicarios, why do they? Out of greed and pure evil.
She continued, "It's so incomprehensible that we live as if we were in Afghanistan, 100 miles from the US border. They must erase these wicked men from Mexico, just like the coalition that is settling in Syria and elsewhere.
Johnson was buried Saturday in a pine coffin and surrounded by members of the Mormon communities.
Her husband, Tyler Johnson, was seen holding a young boy at a funeral in LeBaron, Chihuahua, Mexico.
The men carry the remains of Dawna Langford and her two sons, Trevor and Rogan, before their burial at the La Mora cemetery on Thursday.
Family members and friends watch the burned remains of Rhonita Miller LeBaron's Tahoe SUV after the fire that took place during the massacre (photo).
Although the attacks seem sudden, the LeBaron family and neighboring cartels have clashed for years.
Mormon communities have long condemned atrocities committed by Mexican cartels and resisted attempts at extortion from the past.
In 2009, Benjamin, the older brother of Julian LeBaron, was killed by traffickers after leading a protest against the abduction of their 10-year-old brother Eric.
A cartel held a ransom for $ 1 million.
The family refused to pay the ransom and Eric was finally released, but Benjamin and a neighbor, Luis Widmar, were killed by 20 armed men who invaded their homes.
In an article published in a 2010 newspaper in Dallas, Julian said, "These are not isolated incidents."
"Across our country, countless people have lost their lives or safety in the same way, while confusing policies and volumes of magic words seem to have more influence than reality."