May 8th, 2010
10:48 PM ET

Officials: Gunmen kill 1, kidnap 4 at Mexico wedding

Gunmen stormed into a church in the middle of a wedding ceremony in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Friday, kidnapping the groom and three others, and killing one before fleeing, state prosecutors told CNN Saturday.

"It's unclear if this was gang or drug related," Chihuahua State Attorney
General's Office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said, adding the incident is still
under investigation. 

The shooting victim, described as a male in his early 20s, was shot in the back in the church parking lot, Gonzalez said.

Local reports say he was fleeing from the scene when he was shot. The groom, his uncle, brother and best man were kidnapped.

Ciudad Juarez is the most violent city in Mexico, with more than 2,600 drug-related deaths in 2009.

At least 870 people have been killed in Juarez this year, according to local reports.

A report released in April by the Mexican government said Chihuahua state is the country's hardest-hit state by drug violence, with 6,757 people killed since the start of the drug war at the end of 2006.

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  1. funk

    ...Because our government refuses to regulate. Do not understand how prohibition works? Illegal drug trades are created in cause and enforcement is another huge lucrative industry on the side effect side. Our government is to blame, not drug addicts.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. lucky1

    If we were to legalize drugs, require a prescription, and a minimum age of 21 to get a prescription, we'll win the war. 1st we'll conquer the street dealers. Who will pay the kind of money when the get get pharmacy grade drugs for 1 tenth the cost. Then who would be left to sell drugs to our teens. (the years when most addicts start using). Our prisons would empty out, allowing us to keep the real bad guy's behind bars instead of early release programs. Farmers in third world contries would have a cash crop, at ten dollars a pound of pot 1 ton would yeald $20,000 a nice income in most 3rd world nations. The farmer stops coming to the U.S.A and crossing the boarder illegaly. We take all the money we're saving from an empty prison system, and use it for rehabilitation and education. People in senitive jobs will be registered so we don't have bus drivers stoned on the job. They bottom line... Take the money out of the problem and you've solved the problem!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hello

    This is going to stop? Are u kidding me ... This is multi billion dollar industry. So many junkies in America

    May 9, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. boricuatex

    Paul, like what? Watching NASCAR, going fishing by the pond or sipping on a six pack in your trailer home?

    May 9, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. The White Mexican

    168 @ April....You are exactly right!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. HALO

    Exactly Paul! In the ten minutes it took me to write my comment I could have done so much good to combat this mess, like, say, read another random article like you are doing! Man. I feel so ashamed for wasting my own time. It's people like me that have blood on their hands for not doing more!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dabeck

    EZ fix, change the laws. No more killing.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. mattyC

    Before I even clicked on this story, I read the headline and thought "must be Mexico." This is a perfect example of why the Arizona immigration law should be embraced. There is a lot of lawlessness in this country, and we need to keep it OUT

    May 9, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. DanL

    Drug LAWS are the root cause of this problem, not drug users. Our government has waged a WAR ON DRUGS for decades now, what did you think would be the result? Clearly the result is violence. You can't wage war without victims, and this war is not a single step closer to victory than the day it began, so be prepared for an endless supply of casualties.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. krazy kanuk

    poster 173 = right wing (I am gonna guess religious right winger also...) ignoramous, with less than cursory knowledge of the subject, spouting knee-jerk reaction analysis. stfu please, at least until you have something more in depth than that same ols bs statement..

    May 9, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kyle

    And America likes to just watch and call Arizona fascists and racicts while they leak across the open border: "Holder said comprehensive federal immigration reform is the best approach for the problem of illegal immigrants crossing U.S. borders. His stance echoed the approach favored by President Obama, who last week criticized the Arizona law and said he wants Congress to work on the issue this year." So continue to sit back and watch from your high-and-mighty states. Boycott AZ and when the illegals hit your state we'll see how long you just let it happen while the Fed just sits on their thumbs!!!!! The biggest illegal is the leader of our country–some leader he is, false promises and wasted money looking at meaningless things our senators can listen to and call everyone suckers for paying them to continue their idiocy.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. wjean2

    It won't be water, but fire next time....

    May 9, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. The White Mexican

    197 @lucky1.....If only more people would see the light like us.....but there is big money on both sides of the fence...drug enforcement, prison system, political gain etc.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. boricuatex

    mattyC, once again, we associate crime with illegal immigration. Where do you get your facts? Let me see, Mad Magazine? I got ripped off by one of those infomercials where a white guy was the pitchman. Let's send them all back to Europe. Some black guy stole the rims off my car. Let's send them all back to Africa. Some Italian mob boss killed Hoffa. Let's send them off to Italy. Sounds stupid doesn't it. But so does Arizona's anti-immigration law.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. wjean2

    #172...The only comment that really made me laugh or want to comment. Obviously most are not unaware or unbelieving in the G factor. We've got a lot of minds to renew. True love is the only answer.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
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