Members of local Mormon communities and relatives of the extended family attend the funeral held for Christina Marie Langford on Saturday, November 9, in Colonia LeBaron, Mexico.
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Remembering victims of the Mormon massacre in Mexico

Updated 3:32 PM ET, Sun November 10, 2019

Members of local Mormon communities and relatives of the extended family attend the funeral held for Christina Marie Langford on Saturday, November 9, in Colonia LeBaron, Mexico.
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Three women and six children from a Mormon community in Mexico were killed while traveling in a three-car caravan south of the US-Mexico border Monday, according to Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo. All nine victims have now been laid to rest.

The victims, who had dual US-Mexican citizenship, were "all shot while in vehicles while driving," family member Alex LeBaron told CNN on Tuesday. Several children survived.

Investigators believe criminal groups ambushed the vehicles, traveling between the Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexican authorities said.

Officials and family members say they believe Mexican drug cartels carried out the attack, though there's a question of which cartel did so. It is also not yet clear whether the attacks targeted the family or whether it was a case of mistaken identity.