Kendra Lee Miller says her brother, Howard Miller, and her sister-in-law, Rhonita Maria Miller, were getting ready for her wedding when their car was attacked in Northern Mexico, she told CNN.
Kendra told CNN that Rhonita, 30, was driving with four of her seven children in one of the three cars that was attacked.
“They were driving together for safety reasons,” Kendra said, “Rhonita was going to do some shopping there [in Tucson] and pick up her husband to come down for the wedding.”
The wedding was scheduled to take place next week in La Mora, Mexico, where the family ranch is located.
Kendra said there were two other cars in the caravan:
- Dawna Ray Langford, 43, was driving in another car with her two children, 11-year-old Trevor Harvey Langford, and 2-year-old Rogan Jay Langford, Kendra said. “Dawna was going to visit her family with her children in Chihuahua.”
- Another member of the La Mora community, 29-year-old Christina Marie Langford Johnson, was traveling in another car with her 7-month-old son, Kendra said. She was “going to meet her husband and the rest of her children because they were all moving up to North Dakota,” Kendra said.
The caravan of three cars left La Mora early yesterday — but Rhonita’s vehicle broke down with a flat tire, Kendra said. The group in the three cars traveled back to pick up another car.
Back in La Mora, Rhonita took her mother’s car with her children and continued back on the journey with the other two vehicles, driven by Christina and Dawna.
Kendra says her brother Andre was on the mountain road near La Mora when he saw a fire in the distance where the caravan of three cars was attacked.
Here's how she explained it:
“My brother was fixing Rhonita’s broken-down vehicle, saw a fire, didn’t think anything of it. Then saw the explosion, went to check it out, saw it was my mother’s vehicle, full of bullet holes, completely ablaze. He hoped and prayed my sister-in-law and four children had gotten out. He rushed back to La Mora for help. My dad, Kenneth Miller, was just about to head to our family ranch in the opposite direction,” Kendra said.
“My dad, Andre and couple of uncles and relatives went to check up the vehicle, all they found was charred remains, ash and bones. They were able to verify there were five people in the vehicle, it appeared one of them who we think Howard junior, older son, tried to get out because the passenger door was open. There were remains inside and outside of the vehicle.”