On the 10 of Jan. 1916, in the Ranch la Tapia, in the municipality of Santa Isabel, Chih. passed a passenger train. Inside traveled 19 Americans enroute to Cusihuiriachi from Chihuahua, they carried with them gold coins called Alazanas, to pay miners Cusihuriachi. The General Francisco Villa ordered his Generals Pablo Lopez, Julio Perez and Rafael Armendariz to derail the train and kill the Americans. They were also to steal their gold coins as revenge for having sold them arms that were in bad conditions so that Villa could lose the war.
Once the train was derailed, the Americans were removed from the train one by one and executed except for two that managed to escape. One was able to escape to a Rancho Perales where he was able to hide a case full of gold coins. He was later captured. The other man was able to escape and inform John Pershing of the killings.