Prosecutors in Ciudad Juarez say a gang of gunmen shot to death a man and three girls aged 4, 13 and 14, leaving behind 123 spent bullet casings.
Officials in northern Chihuahua state said that the gunmen also apparently kidnapped another man from the family’s home.
The attackers fled following the killings Sunday on the outskirts of the city. The motive is still under investigation.
Mexican media reports indicated that the three girls, who had all been shot in the head, were sisters and identified them as Lindsay, Sherline, and Arleth Sanchez Gordillo. The attack reportedly happened in the area of Colonia Riberas Del Bravo in northeast Juarez — just across the border from Socorro.
It was the latest in a series of children’s deaths in Mexico. Many of the children have been killed in attacks on their parents.
Gunmen in Mexico were once relatively careful about not hitting children in targeted killings of adults. That is apparently no longer the case.