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. scorpdewd

    I have a question, and perhaps not so much rhetorical as trying to get to the root of the problem, but why do people do drugs anyway? Are they bored, disillusioned, ignorant, or thrill seeking? I have been around for a bit, don't do drugs, and have never understood why people do them in the first place, especially with all the information out there about how drugs screw up your life? Can anyone tell me who's been a fully functional world leader (and with irrefutable proof) and who is also a drug addict? What we're seeing in Mexico and other countries is the effect, not the cause. Hence the war on drugs and other failing policies. The question I believe falls under human nature and why people resort to drugs to start with. Seems that this will be more prevalent an issue as time goes by, but I don't think that the legalization of drugs will do anything more than open access to more people to do more drugs. Does anyone for a minute stop to think of a country with legalized crystal meth? Heroin? Alphabet drugs? Where does one make the distinction between what's legal and what's not?

    May 9, 2010 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. atheistnow

    so is religion

    May 9, 2010 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Archie

    It amazes me when you read a sad story like this and people generalize that every citizen in Mexico are drug dealers or don't care about their own country. If, and that's a big if you EVER go there to visit and understand the people and their culture, majority of them are hard working people with good values and morals...People who do these crimes are a very small percentage of the population, By generalizing that all citizens of Mexico are corrupt, drug dealers, or don't care about their country is completely wrong. Please do yourself a favor, travel and expose yourself to the richness of other cultures...it's amazing how it will open your eyes and maybe educate your mind as well...peace.

    May 9, 2010 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. will mella

    we in the USA have a drug problem ,that is killing people in Mexico and latin america if we stop using drug maybe the killing will stop/ we have a problem we consune more drug that any other country on earth, and let not forget tabaco and alcohol that had kill more people than Pablo Escobar and the mexican cartel

    May 9, 2010 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. white man

    so many hate-filled mexcian racists on here. white people are the reason you have jobs in america. if you were so good at running things without us, your own country wouldn't be such a poverty-stricken toilet, would it?

    May 9, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. john

    No, your drug war is killing people. And if you were sincerely concerned about peoples lives, you would push for alcohol and tobacco prohibition. Each of those two substances kill more people every year than all prohibited drugs combined. So please, shut-up.

    May 9, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cathy Favela

    USA using drugs = deaths in Mexico, got it ??

    May 9, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. earl

    give em all 300.00 dollars for crack and a 38 special problem solves itself

    May 9, 2010 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Heilama

    Race here isn't the problem, is people killing and people using drugs and killing for it that is the problem. Stop generalizing Mexicans as "drug users and gang people and crap like that. for the majority are hard working people who are getting caught in the middle of a war propagated by the few. I see often comments like the "illegal" people. Well, the only people that truly belong here are the native Americans, but you don't see them calling everyone else "illegal" people here. Stop generalizing a population of people and start treating people as individuals rather than as a whole. Is an" individual" that decided to choose the wrong path and not the "whole" Just like there is sometimes a bad seed in a good family, you should not treat the whole family as being bad.

    May 9, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. wake up

    wake up... these people??? Grow Up? Do you honestly think that the drug "war" that is going on in Mexico is only to be blamed on the Mexican people. Don't be ignorant. Yes Mexico has a problem and yes this problem does effect us, but before Mexico, it was some other country that supplied the drug addicts of the United States. Before Mexico and other countries we had this drug "war" on our streets. As far as all that think all Mexican people are the same, WAKE UP!!! The majority of "these people" don't want to be here, they would rather be with their families. But because of the economy, not the drugs, they are forced to find a way to feed thier children. Arizona.... personally not a bad law all together, but... Think...ready???? What do you think of when the term "illegal alien" ? Of course the majority said "Mexican". Wake up people... Mexicans are not the only illegal aliens in this country. What about people from China, Korea, Europe, Africa the list goes on and on. Where you come from is not what makes you illegal. The fact that you entered the country without the correct paperwork is. So Arizona... in order for this law to be FOOL proof, you will need to keep "racial profiling" but, when you do this do not only include people that look like "Mexicans", but people ALL people, because ANYONE can be an "illegal alien" depending what country you originated from.

    May 9, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Skeptikal

    Hey Grider, the drugs didn't shoot anybody. This is almost certainly organized crime, and they probably run drugs and weapons in addition to trafficking in humans and your standard extortion activity. But I notice you only mention drugs, which shows that you have an agenda to push.
    Prohibition doesn't work, and has never worked; it only serves to line the pockets of the criminal element. Remove the prohibition and you remove the funding that allows these thugs to operate, as well as the corruption the money can buy.

    May 9, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Allan Stewart

    I hate when people judge grammar in these posts. It is unrealistic to think we can ever stop doing drugs as a nation, and legalization would offer control over the drugs- but how much? We need to send in some special forces to kill off these cartel members and leaders.

    May 9, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ryan

    Why are people so upset about Arizona wanting to kick out its illegals? I'm pretty sure they are just trying to make sure this type of nonsense doesn't get a good foothold in their state!!!

    May 9, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Trigger

    What do you mean by "you people"?

    May 9, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    You are missing the point. It is our drug policy that feeds this beast and now it's at our doorstep.
    As soon as we quite wasting our money on enforcement and funnel more to treatment the profit motive will always fuel violence and crime.
    And as far as pointing the finger at Mexico remember this we broke the drug cartels in Columbia. If is stamped out there it will be some other country or crime syndicate that will take it's place.

    May 9, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
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