April 28th, 2010
07:18 PM ET

At least 15 people killed in Ciudad Juarez

[Updated at 7:17 p.m.]  At least 15 people were killed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, as drug-related violence goes unabated, authorities said.

Police found seven young men killed in two locations in Juarez, police spokesman Jacinto Seguro told CNN.

Earlier Wednesday, eight men were shot to death outside a bar in what has become one of the country's deadliest cities, the state attorney general's office said.

It was the second violent day in a row that the city witnessed.

On Tuesday, 10 people were killed, Seguro said, including three who were shot outside a supermarket. Another victim, identified as Marin Orosco, was killed outside a mall hours later.

In all, 25 people were killed in a 24-hour period, Seguro said.

Ciudad Juarez is the most violent city in the nation, with more than 2,600 drug-related deaths in 2009. No official numbers are available for this year, but more than 400 killings have been reported by local media.

The city, long the focal point of President Felipe Calderon's battle against drug cartels, came to renewed prominence after the January 31 killings of 15 people, most of them students with no links to organized crime. The massacre sparked outrage throughout Mexico and drew worldwide attention.

In another incident that drew widespread attention, three people associated with the U.S. Consulate in Juarez were gunned down in two shootings last month. Two of the victims, including a pregnant woman, were U.S. citizens living in El Paso, Texas.

Arrests were made this week in the recent killings of federal police officers in Juarez, Seguro said. The suspects, members of the Juarez cartel, deny they were involved in the killings, he said.

[Posted at 3:04 p.m.] Eight men were shot to death early Wednesday morning outside a bar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, one of the country's deadliest cities, the state attorney general's office said.

The victims, who remained unidentified, were shot outside the Aristos night club about 4:35 a.m., office spokesman Vladimir Tuexi told CNN.

Authorities recovered 12 shell casings at the scene, all 9 mm, he said.

Police were looking for a motive.

According to Chihuahua state police, the victims all had gunshot wounds to the head. Four of the victims were teenagers, three were in their early to mid-20s. The eighth man was about 40 years old, police said.

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  1. Derek

    And we wonder why Arizona is trying to keep criminals out of our country

    April 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. azcodger`

    You've got it exactly right, Derek. My family no longer feels it's safe to travel into Mexico, especially the border towns.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kyle

    InB4 some stoner says we should legalize drugs.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bobby

    Derek, That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard...Do you watch the news, read the paper, use the internet? Have you heard about all the American's that kill each other everyday?

    April 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. billy-bob

    Very surprised CNN is posting this story with their agenda.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sean

    How anyone can be against the AZ bill and now being followed in Utah and TX is beyond me. Our government has failed up. It's about time the states are standing up!

    April 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maria Conchita

    Mexico seems like they are full of HATE – and they think -
    that we middle easterns are terrorists. LOL.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    We should legalize drugs.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. marty

    Lets toughen the laws in all the states not just arizona. The Obama camp might want to do a little bit more polling on the upper 47 state so they can do an about face!

    April 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lewie

    Gee! That's almost as bad a Chicago!

    April 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. usmc1

    Where are all the AZ haters now?

    April 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kyle

    @ Jason: No, we shouldn't. Shut your mouth, druggie.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bigmack

    This is why TEXAS needs the same think. Immigration Laws.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Phil

    We should legalize drugs!

    April 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mr Johnson

    And this is the type of people that roam the streets of America – I believe Arizona is striking back at this type of activity. Texas should be next!

    April 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
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