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. Barf

    It's unrealistic to think that a whole country would ever "kick the habit" as a whole. What happens with anything illegal is that a black market is created and the business is left up to the unscrupulous. People are incorrect in thinking that the drugs are the only reason this violence is happening. If cheeseburgers became illegal, people would be dying over them...just like what has happened in the past with caviar in Russia, or alcohol in the US. People are not killing each other over drugs, but Money is the real drug.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Maude

    Alfa Tango:

    Just beat it... The Mexicans ( in the USA) are not the problem. It is you and people like you. You have the brains of a half wit. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California orginally belong to Mexico. You take our land and now you say "we are the problem".
    Like I said, you are suffering and will suffer for the actions of your sad pathatic race.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Up Yours Obama

    and take your flies with you

    May 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    Legalize marijuana and a big problem will be solved. Tax it, profit off of it, eliminate the black market, regulate it properly. There is no way to win a drug war with a huge black market.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kerri

    Maude.. stop playing the victim. You weren't even alive over a hundred years ago and neither. were the people you accuse of stealing your land now. And also if you have any Spanish heritage in your background that you complain about.. .. you better hate yourself as well. You sound very racist.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Maude

    The fact is that many Hispanic activists, Mexican citizens and perhaps even members of the Mexican government refuse to accept the legality of our 1845 annexation of Texas, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo after the Mexican-American War, or the 18511 Gadsden Purchase.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Coigne

    How you speak is how you think. Sloppy writing, sloppy speech, poor grammar equals sloppy thinking.
    People who break the law to get into the country are not law abiding. We already have enough criminals.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JoyUsLee

    Did you know that at one time Mexican was an insult from the Spanish, meaniing you have some Native genes. The story was about people kidnapped and killed during a Wedding. The bride must be devastated. Most kidnap victims in Mexico are never seen again.The STEW MASTER who used to dispose of bodies with acids was arrested. He and his Disposal site are no more. Doesn't mean they haven't found his replacement.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. josie526

    1. Convicted drug dealers should all be dropped off on Baffin Island and left there to fend for themselves against the Polar bears and the elements.
    2. Ownership of North America should be returned to our Native Indians, who would no doubt take better care of the land. White man stole from the Indians; Asians now stealing from the white man; only proper that it's returned to the original and rightful owners, the Indians.
    3. Posters complaining about lack of grammar, punctuation and sentence structure are absolutely right on. Does anyone learn anything in school anymore?? Poor writing only makes the "author" appear to be stupid and ignorant, with poor thought processes. What a turn-off. Who wants to read garbage but other illiterates? The dumb, dumb, and dumbing down of society is pathet5ically epidemic.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. earl

    i am suprized theres a problem at all with all the rocket scientist on here

    May 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. josie526

    Oops and pardon me all to heck for my TYPO ("pathet5ically")! Since I'm here again, must agree with Coigne's post about "sloppy thinking".

    May 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Insanity

    Do any of you realize just how crazy you sound? You think that this problem is as easy as deporting people from Mexico who reside in the US (legally or illegally), or decriminalizing drugs? I had to read down at least 30 comments to even find some semblance of a coherent thought that wasn't being typed by a 'hawk' or a 'stoner.' Knee-jerk reactions are what helped to start the 'War on Drugs' and created an insatiable demand among young people, the same way Prohibition did back in Temperance times. Build a better mousetrap and you'll find a smarter mouse, people. If you're going to advocate legalizing marijuana on the grounds that it is no more dangerous than alcohol or nicotine, fine, but realize that if it really were the 'magic bullet,' it would have been legalized already. This isn't about 'The Man' keeping you down, and it isn't about 'keeping our borders clear' of illegal aliens. As long as there is a receptive market, you'll find a willing supplier. As long as people in the US continue to sell thousands of guns illegally every year, Mexican law enforcement officials will continue finding gold-plated assault rifles when they bust drug lairs. The connection has been made and can be proven: We buy drugs here, they buy guns there. Try cap-and-trading that. Most illegal immigrants come here because they are either trying to join their family that is already here, or because they are attempting to continue to support a life for their family in a place that they themselves were forced to leave. Any anthropologists among you will recognize that constant stress on any system will force members of the social groups in those geographical locations to look for a better, more stable and productive environment. Also, warfare is endemic. We may believe that we are more enlightened and more technologically advanced than our previous brethren, but the ancient vestiges of our mostly outdated social systems remain. So, to wrap up this rant, don't paint a picture of it being a black-and-white, closed-book situation. You'll sound like an idiot, and just encourage other idiots.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rj

    312 comments about a shooting in Mexico?

    May 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alfa Tango

    Maude eres un pinche indio miserable.

    Todavia sufriendo porque les quitaron ciertas tierras. PInche bola de mediocres es que eran. Al infierno Pancho Villa y el joto de Benito Zapata. Tu eres un pinche indio joto tambien!

    May 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
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