2. SOUNDBITE (English) James LeBaron, relative of the victims:
"Definitely very challenging, it takes everything to accept, to be able to assimilate it. To realize that, how, the cruelty, the heartlessness of these people to do something like this, for their own purposes or whatever might be that we don't even know where it came from or how or why, we are still trying to understand and figure it out, but definitely it's indescribable what it is to lose three mothers and six children, that's a tragic loss, violence."
3. Crowd of members of the Mormon community gathered
4. Man carrying an injured girl into truck
5. Dozens of members of the Mormon community walking slowly
A mother and two sons were laid to rest in hand-hewn pine coffins in a single grave dug out of the rocky soil on Thursday at the first funeral for the victims of a drug cartel ambush that left nine American women and children dead.
Clad in shirt sleeves, suits or modest dresses, about 500 mourners embraced in grief under in La Mora, a hamlet of about 300 people who consider themselves Mormon, but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Members of the extended community — many of whom, like the victims, are dual US-Mexican citizens — had built the coffins themselves and used shovels to dig the shared grave in La Mora's small cemetery. Farmers and teenage boys carried the coffins.
Mourners filed past to view the bodies and pay their final respects to Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 2.
They were laid to rest together, just as they died together on Monday when attackers fired a hail of bullets at their SUV on a dirt road leading to another settlement, Colonia LeBaron.
Six children and three women in all were killed in the attack on the convoy of three SUVs.
"Definitely very challenging, it takes everything to accept it, to be able to assimilate it," said James LeBaron, Dawna's relative.
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, hundreds of mourners following on foot.
Patrols of Mexican army troops passed by regularly on the hamlet's only paved road.
The other victims are expected to be buried in Colonia LeBaron later.