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. Emme

    Thank you KIMBERLY for summing it up so perfectly. I can't believe some of the comments I've read here today. I live on a Texas/Mexico border town, have been to different parts of Mexico countless times and am a proud Mexican-American. There is a problem in Mexico and they are working to fight it. Trust me when I say CNN does not report all the news. People stereotyping and judging solely by media reports is really disheartening. We are in no place to be judging. If you want stricter Immigration Reform, there are better ways to go about it than racial profiling. That is exactly what Arizona is doing. And I still haven't quite got what the Drug war in Mexico has to do with the immigration problems in AZ.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Fred Flintstone

    Still waiting on an answer. WHY IS ALCOHOL LEGAL AND MARIJUANA ILLEGAL?

    April 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Charles

    @travist (comment 16) we didnt kill 8 people tho, that is what separates our ancestors from the murderers in mexico.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mr. Wright

    "Hemp" is legal. Put the pipe down Flintstone

    April 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mari

    MARC,
    A WORK VISA TAKES TIME , LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION, IF YOU'RE KIDS WERE STARVING AND THERE WAS NO WORK AND NOTHING BUT CORRUPTION IN YOUR COUNTRY, NO FUTURE FOR YOUR KIDS YOU'RE HONESTLY TELLING ME YOU WOULD CROSS OVER TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE KIDS AND FAMILY WERE KEPT SAFE AND ALIVE DESPITE ANYTHING ELSE? AND IF YOU SAY I'LL WAIT FOR MY WORK VISA, GOOD LUCK WAITING FOR IT.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Brown

    My mom just flew to Juarez this morning because my ill grandmother has no help locally. She will be spending her time there and I pray for her safe return. Why is this relevant? As a Mexican American, I am not blind to the violence and corruption that Mexico carries along but that doesn't mean every person in Mexico is out to kill. My mom was once an illegal immigrant but has now raised 5 successful kids that are either engineers or accountants. I don't think she'll ever regret coming to this country even if it was illegal

    April 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. austin

    Your right Bobby, many americans are killed in America. Does this mean we throw our arms up in the air and not do anything about it. Good move USA!

    April 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mark

    This is the same as Capone's Chicago in the 20s and 30s. The public demands an illegal product and those willing to step into the supply chain make the money which gives them even more power. They take their illegal earnings and use it to buy more corrupt police and politicians to further bolster their position. The only difference is that in the Capone era, you had a federal government that could step in and was not currepted like the local officials were. In Mexico, the corruption is across the board at every level. Our demand for the illegal product drives the market and their corruption prepetuates the criminal activities. Don't point fingers in one direction. The fault is on both sides of the border.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Joe Billy Bob

    GOD WILL JUDGE THIS RACIST COWARDS WHEN THERE TIME COMES. VIVA MEXICO CABRONES!

    April 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. bailoutsos

    "Retire to Mexico - the price is right" - CNN Money article today

    April 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. ExArizonian

    When I lived in Prescott Arizona I had neighbors who moved out of Southern California after they went to a hospital there and NOBODY spoke English, no doctors, no nurses, no receptionist – they all spoke Spanish. Go to 'any' border state welfare office and ALL the wall posters are printed in Spanish and some people say we don't have a problem. Border state jails and prisons are 90% full of Mexicans ! KUDO's Arizona for standing up to this rediculous problem. BTW, those neighbors – they moved from Prescott to Ohio for the SAME reason they moved from California. Time to wake the rest of America up – if you wish to continue in English please press 1 now.....

    April 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Kyle

    I don't care about hemp; it's weed we should keep illegal.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Liss

    HAHAHA... que jodido for you que no sepas hablar Español. I happen to be Trilingual, I speak Spanish, English and Spanglish.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. J

    Then we should go after these American companies that go after this type of labor, rather than people trying to make a living. American companies will not hire someone at 3X the amount $100.00 because of costs. People like you then would start to complain when you pay $5.00 or $6.00 more for veggies or fruit. If your so against people making a living then you should make recommendations to fix the problem without having cost go up.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jason

    Mr. Wright,

    have you ever smoked a cigarrette, drank caffienated coffee, or had a beer? If not, I can understand your borderline sociopathic self righteous comments, but otherwise, I hope you realize the three things I listed are more harmful to your body and society than pot is. I've smoked pot before, and I feel a heck of a lot more guilty for the beer I've drank and the few ciggarrettes i've tried. It's because I realize pot is harmless.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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