What Teen Boy Was Thinking When He Walked Hours for Help After Mexico Ambush

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The 13-year-old boy who helped saved his siblings when alleged Mexican cartel members ambushed three American mothers and their children, killing 9 of the family members, is now speaking out about the tragedy and revealing what motivated him to walk miles and miles to get help after the attack. 

Devin Langford said his mom, Dawna Langford, who was killed in the horrific Nov. 4 massacre, told him to “get down right now” as their car was sprayed with bullets.

“She was trying to pray to the Lord, and she was trying to start the car up to get out of there," Devin told on "Good Morning America” Monday. 

His younger brothers, 11-year-old Trevor and 2-year-old Rogan, were also killed.

“They just started hitting [the] car first, like with a bunch, a bunch of bullets. Just start shooting rapidly at us," Devin added. "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 said the shooters got them out of the car and onto the ground, and then they “drove off.”

Devin has been hailed a hero for walking hours to get help after hiding his injured brothers and sisters with tree branches in the aftermath of the shooting. Six children survived the ambush, five of whom were injured.

Devin said he tried to carry his injured siblings after the attack, but after a while, he couldn't.

“We put them in the bushes so they wouldn't get hit or nothing. So I started walking," Devin said. "Every one of them were bleeding really bad. So I was trying to get in a rush to get there."

Devin’s dad, David Langford, said his son is a hero. 

"Every one of my children that survived that are living miracles," Langford told the show. "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."

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

The others killed have since been identified as Rhonita Miller, 30, her 8-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, and two of her older children, Howard Miller, 12, and Krystal Miller, 10. Miller’s vehicle reportedly exploded after some of the cartel’s bullets hit her gas tank. 

The family was driving in Sonora when the attack happened. They family members had dual Mexican and American citizenship and were driving from their Mormon community in La Mora.

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