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Boy, 8, shot in jaw during Mormon family massacre in Mexico is seen for the first time since cartel gunmen killed nine

A MORMON boy shot in the jaw during a Mexican cartel massacre has been pictured for the first time with his siblings - after they all miraculously survived.

Seven Langford family kids dodged death after mum Dawna and two of brothers, Trevor Langford, 11, and Rogan Langford, 2, were among nine women and children killed in the ambush in the Mexican state of Sonora.

A snap shared on the Langford's family GoFundMe account showed eight-year-old Cody Langford sitting on a wheelchair surrounded by his brothers and sisters at their home in Arizona.

The injured lad was travelling in a SUV with his mum and eight siblings when members of La Línea cartel intercepted their vehicle and two other cars carrying seven other people.

Brave Cody Langford was blasted in the jaw and the right foot, and underwent two surgeries.

He was the last of his siblings to be released from a Tuscon, Arizona, hospital last Saturday.

We previously told how his brother Devin, 13, sobbed as he recalled how his mum yelled “get down” before she was shot dead.

Devin was hailed a “hero” by his dad David for saving his six siblings by hiding them in bushes.

HERO

The youngster broke down in tears as he described the moment ruthless Mexican cartel hitmen opened fire on his family’s car last Monday.

He told ABC how his mum screamed “get down right now'', adding that “she was trying to pray to the lord”.

Three cars containing women and kids were attacked as they were travelling to visit relatives and celebrate a Mormon wedding.

After the gunmen fled the scene, Devin led his six siblings to safety in a ravine, hiding them beneath the low-hanging trees that clung to its side.

He then made a treacherous 14-mile journey crossing difficult terrain on his own to raise the alarm.

"To be honest with you, my boy's a hero simply because he gave his life for his brothers and sisters," his dad told ABC News.

"Every one of my children that survived that are living miracles," Langford added.

"How many bullet holes were fired into that vehicle at that horrific scene and how many children were involved. It's amazing. It's amazing. It's beyond amazing that they survived."

Langford said he wants the attackers to face justice.

"I believe in forgiveness, but I also believe in justice and forgiveness doesn't rob justice. You don't get justice too much in Mexico," he said.

Langford said he and most of his extended family are leaving Mexico.

Other residents of the hamlets plan to depart in the coming days, leaving the community their families have called home since the 1950s.

He added: "It's not worth living in fear. The toughest part for me was saying goodbye.

How many bullet holes were fired into that vehicle at that horrific scene and how many children were involved. It's amazing. It's amazing. It's beyond amazing that they survived

Dad David Langford

“Saying goodbye to two innocent lives that were cut short and a vibrant wife that lived a life to its fullest that had many friends and was loved by all by everybody."

The families had lived in two hamlets in Mexico's Sonora state: La Mora and Colonia LeBaron.

Shocked investigators have learned the nine victims - all Mormons - were systematically gunned down after being hauled out of their vehicles.

And one American federal investigator told the New York Post that some of the evidence gathered after the bloodshed may have already been compromised.

"They were taken out of their cars and shot," the unnamed investigator said.

"It's kind of disturbing that the FBI has had no access to the crime scene, which is probably a disaster already because the Mexicans have allowed families to remove the bodies.

"Any evidence that could have been gathered is probably destroyed."

A Mexican investigator added the gunmen "shot some of the victims at point-blank range."

ON THE RUN

The shocking revelations come as it emerged many of the Mormons who re-settled in Mexico are now fleeing the country in the wake of the killings.

More than 100 members of the tight-knit US religious community are heading north to Arizona in an 18-vehicle convoy.

Many more expected to leave the land their ancestors settled in nearly 70 years ago in the wake of the horrific gun ambush on the LeBaron Mormon family.

Bryce Langford, whose mother was one of those killed, said the community had become increasingly wary of cartel gunmen prowling near their isolated ranches.

And after Monday's sickening attack, they decided they had to leave Mexico for their own safety, he told the Arizona Daily Star.

"The assets that they've acquired down there are tremendous," Mr Langford.

"And to have to up and leave from one day to the next and leave all that behind, there's definitely a lot of sad people here."

Leah Langford-Staddon said her mother and sister were headed to join her in Arizona with as many belongings as they could pack into their vehicles.

"They spent the whole day yesterday packing. It was frantic," she recalled. "When it comes down to it, it's just things that can be replaced."

TARGETED HIT

The sickening massacre shone a global spotlight on a fragile community blighted by decades of tragedy.

In a "targeted" hit that has seen a rival of El Chapo arrested, three vehicles belonging to two families were ravaged with bullets on their way to a wedding in Sonora

It was later reported babies were left to burn alive and kids were shot in the back.

Her funeral was held on earlier this month at a moving ceremony attended by dozens of members of the Mormon community.

It is understood the convoy was attacked by members of the Juarez drug cartel - currently contesting the border region because it is key to smuggling drugs into the US.

While police are yet to pin down the hitmens’ exact motives, the grisly scene is just the latest chapter in a long, brutal feud between the two very different groups plagued by kidnappings and brutal executions.

The LeBarons - a polygamous community where men take multiple wives -  were first caught in the cartels’ dangerous web in 2009.

The family’s large houses and nice cars attracted the attention of organised criminal syndicates looking to fill their coffers.

BLOODY HISTORY

It was here that on May 2 16-year-old Eric LeBaron was seized by five armed men as he worked on the family’s Sierra Madre ranch.

The shameless kidnappers called three times to ask for $1million dollars in ransom – refusing to negotiate.

Benjamin LeBaron, who led the campaign to free Eric, had become an outspoken critic of the cartels.

He set up a group, SOS Chihuahua, which helped citizens protect themselves from organised crime - but his actions didn’t go unnoticed.

Two months after the first ransom attempt, pickup trucks filled with up to 20 cartel members– heavily armed and dressed as police officers – arrived outside his house.

As Benjamin’s children screamed inside, cartel members smashed through windows, seizing him and his brother-in-law Luis Widmar.

Driving them to the outskirts of the town, the cartel heavily beat the pair before executing them with shots to the back of the head.

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