Teen in Mexico Attack Shares Mom's Final 4 Words to Him

Devin Langford says the bullets that hit the car stopped it from working
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2019 9:30 AM CST

The last words Devin Langford's mother spoke to him before she was gunned down in Mexico were words of protection. "Get down right now," Dawna Langford instructed her 13-year-old son, he says in an interview with ABC News. Devin—whose brothers Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 2, were also killed in the attack on the group of Mormon American citizens last Monday—says the initial barrage of bullets stopped their car. "The car didn't work. So she was just trying right there, starting the car as much as she could, but I'm pretty sure they shot something so the car wouldn't even start."

Devin says the attackers "got us out of the car, and they just got us on the floor and then they drove off." The surviving children—the Washington Post reports Dawna Langford had her nine children in the car with her—were all "bleeding really bad," he says, so he hid them in bushes and hurriedly walked about 14 miles for help. While doing so, he had one nagging fear: He wondered "if there was anybody else out there trying to shoot me or following me." Devin's father joined him for the interview and commented on just what Devin and his other surviving kids managed to live through: "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." (More Mexico stories.)

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