A Utah man who helped get his mom and different members of the family out of northern Mexico after 9 individuals had been killed in an obvious ambush says they will doubtless by no means return
A Utah man who helped get his mom and different members of the family safely out of northern Mexico after 9 individuals had been killed in an obvious ambush mentioned Sunday that almost all fled to Arizona with no matter they may match of their vehicles and vans they usually’ll doubtless by no means return.
Greater than 100 individuals left their rural group in northern Mexico on Saturday in an 18-vehicle caravan after the assault Monday wherein 9 girls and youngsters had been killed by what authorities say had been hit males from drug cartels.
“I went down there to get my mother and get my family out, my brothers and sisters and lots of kids,” Mike Hafen mentioned Sunday in phone interview from his sister’s residence in Phoenix.
“They’ve been down there for 47 years. They left with the bare minimum, whatever they could fit in the back of my pickup,” Hafen added. “After 47 years of living, they almost had to walk away from everything.”
Hafen mentioned a lot of his household and pals suppose they will by no means return to Mexico due to the drug cartels.
“It’s getting worse. There’s nothing but corruption. You don’t know who you can trust,” Hafen mentioned. “A few of my household say they do not suppose they’ll ever be going again.
“It’s pretty hard on everyone and it’s sad. I grew up there. It was an awesome place to live. I love the place. Growing up there, I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” added Hafen, 54, who moved to Utah 15 years in the past. “But what the cartels doing what they’re doing, it’s not safe. We have found that out.”
Monday’s lethal assault occurred as the ladies traveled with their youngsters to go to family members. Eight youngsters, some mere infants, survived the ambush.
The spread-out group traces its origins to the top of polygamy greater than a century in the past by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, forcing Mormon households within the U.S. with a number of wives to determine offshoots elsewhere.
The households had lived in two hamlets in Mexico’s Sonora state: La Mora and Colonia LeBaron. Different residents of the hamlets plan to depart within the coming days, leaving the group their households have known as residence because the 1950s.
Hafen mentioned his members of the family have not determined whether or not to remain in Arizona or go elsewhere.
“They’re still working on it, trying to figure it out,” he mentioned.