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Relatives of slain Mormon family say Mexican cartels are ‘worse than ISIS’

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The grieving relatives of nine Americans slaughtered in Mexico say the drug cartels are ‘worse than ISIS‘ as they urge the U.S. to step in because they are living in constant fear and are now considering abandoning their Mormon community. 

Funerals began on Thursday in Sonora state for three of the nine LeBaron family victims after the Mexican government said they were caught in the crossfire of a territorial feud between two rival drug cartels.  

Three women and six children were shot dead, while five children were seriously injured, when they were attacked on Monday after leaving their La Mora religious community – a decades-old settlement that is a breakaway of the Mormon church. 

Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3, were laid to rest in La Mora on Thursday. 

Funerals for Christina Langford Johnson and Rhonita Miller and her four children – six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, Krystal, 10, and Howard, 12 – are expected to be held in Colonia LeBaron, which is another settlement in nearby Chihuahua state,  on Friday.   

Funerals began on Thursday in Sonora state for three of the nine LeBaron family victims after the Mexican government said they were caught in the crossfire of a territorial feud between two rival drug cartels

Funerals began on Thursday in Sonora state for three of the nine LeBaron family victims after the Mexican government said they were caught in the crossfire of a territorial feud between two rival drug cartels

Funerals began on Thursday in Sonora state for three of the nine LeBaron family victims after the Mexican government said they were caught in the crossfire of a territorial feud between two rival drug cartels

Sadness and anger has gripped grieving relatives in the wake of the tragedy as some urged Mexico’s leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to accept President Donald Trump’s offer to help crush the gangs.  

‘I really believe that the cartels in Mexico have moved to another level of barbarity, they are as bad or worse than ISIS. ISIS have an ideology,’ said Rosa LeBaron, 65, whose cousins, nieces and nephews died in the attacks. 

‘These sicarios (hitmen), why are they doing it? Out of greed and pure evil.’

She said Mexico needed to overcome pride and accept outside help from a neighboring country or international coalition, like the United Nations, to stamp out the cartels.

‘This is so beyond comprehension, we’re living like we’re in Afghanistan, 100 miles from the U.S. border,’ LeBaron said.

President Lopez Obrador said he believed that Mexico could resolve its security problems without foreign ‘intervention,’ but he has opened the door to FBI cooperation provided the country’s national sovereignty is not violated. 

After holding the first of the funerals, residents say they have now been left to come to grips with the fear the attacks inspired. 

Rhonita Miller and her four children - six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, Krystal, 10, and Howard, 12 - were among the nine gunned down on Monday. Their coffins are pictured above ahead of their funerals on Friday

Rhonita Miller and her four children - six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, Krystal, 10, and Howard, 12 - were among the nine gunned down on Monday. Their coffins are pictured above ahead of their funerals on Friday

Rhonita Miller and her four children – six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, Krystal, 10, and Howard, 12 – were among the nine gunned down on Monday. Their coffins are pictured above ahead of their funerals on Friday

Late on Thursday, a memorial was held for Rhonita Miller and four of her children, all of whom also were murdered on the road between La Mora and Chihuahua state

Late on Thursday, a memorial was held for Rhonita Miller and four of her children, all of whom also were murdered on the road between La Mora and Chihuahua state

Late on Thursday, a memorial was held for Rhonita Miller and four of her children, all of whom also were murdered on the road between La Mora and Chihuahua state

A young boy sobs as he reads a eulogy during the funeral service of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3, after they were killed by drug cartel gunmen

A young boy sobs as he reads a eulogy during the funeral service of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3, after they were killed by drug cartel gunmen

A young boy sobs as he reads a eulogy during the funeral service of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3, after they were killed by drug cartel gunmen

Men were spotted digging a mass grave on Thursday in La Mora - the community where the nine victims lived. Funerals for a number of the victims are being held there

Men were spotted digging a mass grave on Thursday in La Mora - the community where the nine victims lived. Funerals for a number of the victims are being held there

Men were spotted digging a mass grave on Thursday in La Mora – the community where the nine victims lived. Funerals for a number of the victims are being held there

‘I do not feel safe here, and I won’t, because the truth is we aren’t safe here as a community,’ David Langford said between tears as he addressed mourners at the funeral for his wife, Dawna.

While the sibling community of Colonia Le Baron has been peaceful since the 2009 murder of one of its members and subsequent installation of a security base, La Mora lacks such a presence – at least until Monday’s killings prompted state and federal forces to deploy to protect those who came to mourn. How long they stay could be crucial to its future. 

‘We here in the mountains, we have no access to authorities, or very, very little,’ David Langford said. 

The burials on Thursday took place as Mexican soldiers stood guard, a reminder of the dangers they face living amid a drug cartel turf war. 

Steven Langford, a former La Mora mayor whose sister Christina Langford was among the women killed, warned that their community was ‘going to become a ghost town’.

‘A lot of people are going to leave,’ he said.  

The first funeral was for a mother and two sons who were laid to rest in hand-made pine coffins in a single grave in La Mora’s small cemetery. 

In a raw, tearful service, relatives recounted valiant efforts to try to rescue their loved ones after the ambush, and how some of the children walked miles out of the mountains to the town.

Rhonita Miller and four of her children – her six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, her 10-year-old daughter Krystal and 12-year-old son Howard – were all killed. Another two mothers, Dawna Langford and Christina Langford Johnson, as well as Dawna’s sons, Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3, were also all killed

The nine LeBaron family victims, including three mothers and six children, were gunned down on Monday morning while traveling in three SUVS from the Mormon community where they live in Sonora state

The nine LeBaron family victims, including three mothers and six children, were gunned down on Monday morning while traveling in three SUVS from the Mormon community where they live in Sonora state

The nine LeBaron family victims, including three mothers and six children, were gunned down on Monday morning while traveling in three SUVS from the Mormon community where they live in Sonora state

Soldiers assigned to Mexico's National Guard stand by a bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to one of the mothers gunned down in the cartel ambush that killed nine

Soldiers assigned to Mexico's National Guard stand by a bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to one of the mothers gunned down in the cartel ambush that killed nine

Soldiers assigned to Mexico’s National Guard stand by a bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to one of the mothers gunned down in the cartel ambush that killed nine

There was no talk of revenge in the deeply religious community, only justice.

‘God will take care of the wicked,’ Jay Ray, Dawna’s father, said in a eulogy.

David Langford called his wife a hero for telling her children to duck as their vehicle came under fire.

‘I find it hard to forgive,’ he said. ‘I usually am a very forgiving guy, but this kind of atrocity has no place in a civilized community.

‘My children were brutally, brutally murdered… and my beloved wife.’

Of the survivors, he said, son Cody had a plate installed in his jaw, which was being wired shut for six weeks.

Dawna’s younger sister Amber Ray, 34, eulogized her as a devoted mother to her 13 children and homemaker who loved a good laugh and baked the best birthday cakes around.

‘There isn’t anything in life that a cup of coffee couldn’t make better,’ Amber said Dawna was fond of saying.

The three coffins, two of them child-size, were placed into the beds of pickup trucks, and family members rode with them to the grave as hundreds of mourners following on foot.

Later in the day, a memorial was held for Rhonita Miller and four of her children, all of whom also were murdered on the road between La Mora and Chihuahua state.

Escorted by heavily armed Mexican authorities, relatives of the LeBaron family mourn at the site where nine were gunned down on Monday

Escorted by heavily armed Mexican authorities, relatives of the LeBaron family mourn at the site where nine were gunned down on Monday

Escorted by heavily armed Mexican authorities, relatives of the LeBaron family mourn at the site where nine were gunned down on Monday

Heavily armed Mexican authorities guard a caravan of friends and relatives of the LeBaron family on Wednesday ahead of the funerals planned for the nine victims

Heavily armed Mexican authorities guard a caravan of friends and relatives of the LeBaron family on Wednesday ahead of the funerals planned for the nine victims

Heavily armed Mexican authorities guard a caravan of friends and relatives of the LeBaron family on Wednesday ahead of the funerals planned for the nine victims

In a grassy backyard before hundreds of attendees, she was eulogized as an ‘innocent spirit, beautiful heart’ and a woman whose laugh ‘could light up a room.’

Son Howard Jr. loved basketball and recently was delighted to make his first three-pointer; daughter Kristal was ‘the apple of her daddy’s eye;’ twins Titus and Tiana, born March 13, were remembered as ‘two perfect angels in the first precious moments of their lives.’

Their bodies were to be taken later across the road where they died for burial in Colonia Le Baron. The two communities, whose residents are related, drew together in a show of grief.

Patrols of Mexican army troops passed by regularly on the hamlet’s only paved road.

Gunmen from the Juarez drug cartel had apparently set up the ambush as part of a turf war with the Sinaloa cartel, and the U.S. families drove into it.

Mexican officials said the attackers may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang.

But Julian LeBaron, whose brother Benjamin, an anti-crime activist, was killed by cartel gunmen in 2009, disputed that.

‘They had to have known that it was women and children,’ he said. He said the eight children who survived reported that one mother got out of her SUV and raised her hands and was gunned down anyway.  

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Boy collapses and dies after suffering an asthma attack at home

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'Heart of gold': Owen Rodda, 16, died of an asthma attack after spending a day with friends on November 24 last year

'Heart of gold': Owen Rodda, 16, died of an asthma attack after spending a day with friends on November 24 last year

‘Heart of gold’: Owen Rodda, 16, died of an asthma attack after spending a day with friends on November 24 last year

A 16-year-old boy described as having a ‘heart of gold’ has died of an asthma attack after returning home with a very tight chest.

Owen Rodda, of Aberdare, Wales, complained of severe breathing problems after spending the day with friends on November 24 last year.

His father Paul called emergency services while a friend rang the police who performed CPR on him. 

Owen, who was an avid BMX biker, was then rushed to A&E at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthy Tydfil, where he was later pronounced dead. 

Mother Christine has shared her heartbreak and described her son as ‘such a character – the life and soul’.

She told the Mirror: ‘He was the class clown and had a wicked sense of humour, but he would always be there for his friends when they were going through tough times. He would help anyone.’

Never forget: A balloon release is expected to take place at Owen's memorial at Aberdare Skate Park (pictured) on November 24, to mark the one-year anniversary. The teenager's mother Christine has praised the support of the 2 Wish Upon A Star charity but claimed the 'the hospital didn't do anything. It was all very clinical'

Never forget: A balloon release is expected to take place at Owen's memorial at Aberdare Skate Park (pictured) on November 24, to mark the one-year anniversary. The teenager's mother Christine has praised the support of the 2 Wish Upon A Star charity but claimed the 'the hospital didn't do anything. It was all very clinical'

Never forget: A balloon release is expected to take place at Owen’s memorial at Aberdare Skate Park (pictured) on November 24, to mark the one-year anniversary. The teenager’s mother Christine has praised the support of the 2 Wish Upon A Star charity but claimed the ‘the hospital didn’t do anything. It was all very clinical’

Owen, who was diagnosed with asthma at two years old, had previously had two attacks but ‘nothing compared to this one’.

Christine had not seen her son all day and recalled texting him to shut the front gate on his arrival home around 10pm. She said ‘as soon as he came home, he couldn’t breathe’.

The devastated mother claimed the inhaler was not working and the parents rang the ambulance when Owen ‘really started struggling’ to catch his breath.

She said it was ‘all just a blur’ since he walked through the front door.        

Owen had been diagnosed with asthma at two years old but his previous experiences 'were nothing compared to this', according to Christine. She has described her son as 'such a character' with a 'wicked sense of humour'

Owen had been diagnosed with asthma at two years old but his previous experiences 'were nothing compared to this', according to Christine. She has described her son as 'such a character' with a 'wicked sense of humour'

Owen had been diagnosed with asthma at two years old but his previous experiences ‘were nothing compared to this’, according to Christine. She has described her son as ‘such a character’ with a ‘wicked sense of humour’

‘We went into a room at the hospital where the doctor explained what was going on.

‘We were asked if we wanted to see Owen in resus, but when I witnessed them working on him I just fell to pieces.’

Christine and Paul were given a memory box from the 2 Wish Upon A Star charity which specialises in helping bereaved families.

The mother said Prince Charles Hospital in Merthy Tydfil, 'didn't take [them] aside and explain what the next steps were' regarding their son and left the parents feeling 'very alone'

The mother said Prince Charles Hospital in Merthy Tydfil, 'didn't take [them] aside and explain what the next steps were' regarding their son and left the parents feeling 'very alone'

The mother said Prince Charles Hospital in Merthy Tydfil, ‘didn’t take [them] aside and explain what the next steps were’ regarding their son and left the parents feeling ‘very alone’

Meanwhile the Welsh parents claim they received no bereavement support from the NHS. 

The mother said: ‘The hospital didn’t do anything. It was all very clinical. They didn’t take us aside, give us a coffee and explain what the next steps were. We felt very alone.’

A balloon release is expected to take place at Owen’s memorial at Aberdare Skate Park on November 24, to mark the one-year anniversary.         

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Prince Harry arrives at the Royal Albert Hall for the inaugural OnSide Awards

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Prince Harry was seen arriving at London‘s Royal Albert Hall for an inaugural award show for inspirational young people.

The show is run by charity OnSide, which develops 21st century youth facilities across the UK.

Earlier this year, the Duke of Sussex opened one of the sites and met young people involved in the centre.

Prince Harry was seen arriving at London's Royal Albert Hall for an inaugural award show for inspirational young people

Prince Harry was seen arriving at London's Royal Albert Hall for an inaugural award show for inspirational young people

For tonight's show, the Duke donned navy trousers, a blue blazer and white shirt that he paired with tan-coloured shoes

For tonight's show, the Duke donned navy trousers, a blue blazer and white shirt that he paired with tan-coloured shoes

Prince Harry was seen arriving at London’s Royal Albert Hall for an inaugural award show for inspirational young people

For tonight’s show, the Duke donned navy trousers, a blue blazer and white shirt which he paired with tan-coloured shoes. 

The Duke is to present the Health and Wellbeing Award this evening.

The show will also feature various performances from young people across the capital.

The charity posted on Twitter: ‘We are thrilled to announce that HRH The Duke of Sussex will be joining us at the inaugural Onside Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 17th November to celebrate our extraordinary young people.’

They later added: ‘We are honoured to welcome HRH the Duke of Sussex to the Onside Awards here at the Royal Albert Hall.  

The charity shared a picture of Prince Harry meeting some of the award nominees at the show tonight

The charity shared a picture of Prince Harry meeting some of the award nominees at the show tonight

The charity shared a picture of Prince Harry meeting some of the award nominees at the show tonight

Onside Youth Zones Twitter account tweeted a picture of the Duke with a caption saying they are 'honoured' to welcome him

Onside Youth Zones Twitter account tweeted a picture of the Duke with a caption saying they are 'honoured' to welcome him

Onside Youth Zones Twitter account tweeted a picture of the Duke with a caption saying they are ‘honoured’ to welcome him

All smiles: The Duke is to present the Health and Wellbeing Award this evening

All smiles: The Duke is to present the Health and Wellbeing Award this evening

Tonight's show will also feature various performances from young people across the capital. Pictured: Prince Harry arriving for the show

Tonight's show will also feature various performances from young people across the capital. Pictured: Prince Harry arriving for the show

All smiles: The Duke is to present the Health and Wellbeing Award this evening. The show will also feature various performances from young people across the capital

‘The Duke is meeting our incredible nominees and acts and will present the Health and Wellbeing Award after the interval.’

In April, the Duke opened the charity’s Youth Zone in East London’s Barking and Dagenham which aims to provide young people with more activities.

He shared a gallery of pictures to his 4.4 million followers on his official Instagram account shortly after the visit. 

The charity posted on Twitter: 'We are thrilled to announce that HRH The Duke of Sussex will be joining us at the inaugural Onside Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 17th November to celebrate our extraordinary young people'. Pictured: Prince Harry getting out of a car as he arrives for the show

The charity posted on Twitter: 'We are thrilled to announce that HRH The Duke of Sussex will be joining us at the inaugural Onside Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 17th November to celebrate our extraordinary young people'. Pictured: Prince Harry getting out of a car as he arrives for the show

The charity posted on Twitter: ‘We are thrilled to announce that HRH The Duke of Sussex will be joining us at the inaugural Onside Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 17th November to celebrate our extraordinary young people’. Pictured: Prince Harry getting out of a car as he arrives for the show

The charity later added: 'We are honoured to welcome HRH the Duke of Sussex (pictured) to the Onside Awards here at the Royal Albert Hall'

The charity later added: 'We are honoured to welcome HRH the Duke of Sussex (pictured) to the Onside Awards here at the Royal Albert Hall'

The charity later added: ‘We are honoured to welcome HRH the Duke of Sussex (pictured) to the Onside Awards here at the Royal Albert Hall’

In April, the Duke opened the charity's Youth Zone in East London's Barking and Dagenham which aims to provide young people with more activities. Pictured: At Royal Albert Hall this evening

In April, the Duke opened the charity's Youth Zone in East London's Barking and Dagenham which aims to provide young people with more activities. Pictured: At Royal Albert Hall this evening

In April, the Duke opened the charity’s Youth Zone in East London’s Barking and Dagenham which aims to provide young people with more activities. Pictured: At Royal Albert Hall this evening

Dressed in a smart grey blazer and crisp white shirt, Harry cut a handsome figure as he spoke to employees at the new space.

‘Future’ Youth Zone provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, build key skills and raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation. 

Once inside he greeted a delighted well-wisher, accepting what appeared to be a baby gift from the youngster before exploring the facilities.

Back in April, Prince Harry met young people at the ‘Future’ Youth Zone. The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves

Back in April, Prince Harry met young people at the ‘Future’ Youth Zone. The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves

Back in April, Prince Harry met young people at the ‘Future’ Youth Zone. The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves

The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, build key skills and raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation. Pictured: Earlier this year

The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, build key skills and raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation. Pictured: Earlier this year

The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, build key skills and raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation. Pictured: Earlier this year

The Duke of Sussex spoke with young members and took part in activities at the centre earlier this year

The Duke of Sussex spoke with young members and took part in activities at the centre earlier this year

The Duke of Sussex spoke with young members and took part in activities at the centre earlier this year

The Duke visited the Hive Wirral Youth Zone in January 2019 with The Duchess.

The couple are set to take a six-week break after the event tonight when Harry will likely travel to the US and spend Thanksgiving with Doria, 63.

It had been thought they would return to Sandringham for Christmas but they informed Her Majesty, 93, that they will not be joining her and Prince Philip, 98 this year. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit the Hive, Wirral, Youth Zone as part of a visit to Birkenhead in January

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit the Hive, Wirral, Youth Zone as part of a visit to Birkenhead in January

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit the Hive, Wirral, Youth Zone as part of a visit to Birkenhead in January

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Prince Andrew warned his ‘disastrous’ TV interview could be used against him in court

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A solicitor has warned that comments made by the Duke of York regarding sex allegations he has faced could one day be used against him in court.

Anna Rothwell, from the criminal law firm Corker Binning, said she would “never advise” her clients to speak publicly about their allegations if they were under investigation.

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She said Prince Andrew’s attempt to try to publicly defend his reputation on BBC Newsnight in the wake of Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal was “pretty disastrous”.

“I think talking full stop in circumstances where you are under investigation is unwise,” Ms Rothwell told the PA news agency.

“He didn’t have a full answer for quite a number of aspects he was questioned about.

“Anything he has said, if he were to be prosecuted, could be used to cross-examine him.

“The less you say, the better, and that is often why you advise people to answer ‘no comment’ at the police station.”

In September, the Sunday Times reported the FBI had expanded its investigation to identify alleged human trafficking victims of Epstein.

Citing unidentified sources from the US Department of Justice, the newspaper said the FBI was looking to “several” potential victims in the hope they can provide more details about Andrew and his involvement in the case.

Vulnerable to extradition

Rothwell said the duke’s position as a royal would not entitle him to “any form of immunity” and he was “vulnerable to extradition”.

She said any attempts by the US to seek extradition would “likely cause a diplomatic incident”.

Andrew said in his televised interview on Saturday he had no regrets about his friendship with convicted paedophile Epstein, who was found dead in his prison cell earlier this year while facing sex trafficking charges.

He also faced questions about Virginia Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, who is one of 16 women who claim they were abused by disgraced financier Epstein.

The Duke of York sitting in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Giuffre has alleged in court documents she “was forced to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor”.

She said they had sex in London and New York and she alleged that later, when she was aged 18, they had sex again on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein where an orgy took place.

Her allegations were struck from US civil court records in 2015 after a judge said they were “immaterial and impertinent”.

The duke denied sleeping with Giuffre on three separate occasions when quizzed by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis.

Asked if he regretted the “whole friendship with Epstein”, Andrew said: “Now, still not, and the reason being is that the people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.”

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