Mexican media reported that the victims belonged to the LeBaron family, associated with a break-away Mormon community that settled in northern Mexico decades ago, and that the dead as well as additional missing family members may all be us citizens. Eight youngsters were found alive after escaping from the vehicles and hiding in the brush, but at least five had gunshot wounds or other injuries and were taken to the US for treatment, officials said.
Trump offered to aid Mexico if it needs help "cleaning out" the attackers, whom he dubbed "monsters".
He praised Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for prioritizing the fight against drug trafficking, but said "the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!".
In response to Trump's tweets Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) wrote sarcastically, "Nothing says you're "against endless wars" like announcing that you want to send US troops "to wage WAR" in Mexico". "We merely await a call".
Mr. Trump said on Twitter.
"We declared war, and it didn't work", Lopez Obrador said, referring to the policies of previous administrations.
"It's a whole new level", Langford told KSL.
"War is irrational", the Mexican president added.
Relative Lafe Langford Jr. told the Tribune that family members were attempting to transport the injured to the United States for treatment. Yes, drug-trafficking is one of the things the cartels do, but it doesn't almost describe what they are or what role they're playing in the disintegration of civil society in Mexico.
At one point in their journey, Rhonita's vehicle broke down with a flat tire, Kendra Miller said.
Two of the women were traveling to see relatives in Chihuahua, and one was driving to the U.S.to pick up her husband from the airport in Phoenix, according to Miller. Several other children escaped.
What the United States is saying: The FBI has also offered to assist Mexican authorities in the investigation, and President Trump tweeted that a "wonderful family" got "caught between two vicious drug cartels".
The LeBarons's community are descendants of Mormons who fled the U.S.in the late 1800s after being persecuted for their traditions, including polygamy. All are believed to be USA citizens.
One former member is George Romney, father of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who was born in 1907 in Colonia Dublan in Chihuahua state, according to an NBC report Monday.
Falko Ernst, senior analyst for the International Crisis Group in Mexico, said Trump's tweet suggests he may be gearing up to pressure Mexico over security, especially with his campaign under way for re-election in November 2020. "Devin arrived in LaMora at 5:30 p.m., six hours after the ambush, giving the first news anyone had heard of his and Christina's families". Julian LeBaron's sibling, Benjamin, founder of a crime-fighting group called SOS Chihuahua, was assassinated in 2009 after he led protests over the kidnapping of their 16-year-old brother. The family refused to pay the ransom, and the teenager was eventually released.
The region around the 3,145-km (1,954-mile) U.S. But he has struggled to curb violent crime.
"It is with heavy hearts and unspeakable sadness we inform you that the 2 missing Mothers... along with many of their precious innocent children have been slaughtered and gone to their Rest".
The government has registered more than 250,000 homicides in the last dozen years, a lot of them related to the drug war. Other children were reported missing. Others have suggested the violence necessitates that Obrador take up a military strategy to combat the now-operationalized cartels. This year appears on track to set a new murder record in Mexico, with 25,890 so far.