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. Spot

    Prohibition creates the violence, not the drugs themselves.

    May 9, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. RB

    Reminds me of the film, "Kill Bill."

    May 9, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. TwelveSteps

    tmichael – yeah, because no one did anything but pot in the 60s. It was all peace & love! oh, except for one of the most violent wars we have ever been a part of. And, the enormous rise of cocaine and heroine. Aside from those things, yeah, the 60s were just getting high and eatin potato chips! KEN CAPLES – you are just racist, plain and simple. By your logic, why would any country want to let any U.S. citizens in? Why would Canada ever want to allow us to cross their borders? Our murder rates, per capita, are 10x that of theirs, so should they ban us as well? U.S. citizens are the cause of 30% of murders directly over the U.S. border, it's not exactly like this is a country of saints. Ciudad is a mess right now, but sealing our borders and harassing anyone who doesn't have blonde hair and blues eyes isn't going to help them or us.

    May 9, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. TwelveSteps

    TRIGGER – what do YOU mean by "you people!? 🙂

    May 9, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Reddog

    Legalize marijuana and cocaine. Make them so plentiful that there's no longer any incentive for criminals to try to profit from them. Just like alcohol prohibition in the 1930's, the "Drug Wars" have been a waste of money, time and resources.

    May 9, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. ISMAEL MARTINEZ

    I SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO LEGALIZE DRUGS MAYBE THESE ARE THE SAME PEOPLE USING THEM NOW. I WOULD BE CRAZY TO DO THESE IMAGINE STONED PEOPLE DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY AT 80 MPH. IT IS A FACT THAT AMERICANS HAVE A THIRST FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS AND WE ARE THE CAUSE OF DRUG WARS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. IF WE DON'T BUY THEM THEY WON'T HAVE A MARKET TO SELL THEM. ITS THAT SIMPLE.THE DRUG WARS IN MEXICO ARE TO CONTROL THE BUSINESS OF BRINGING THEM TO AMERICA, MEXICANS DO NOT HAVE ANY MONEY TO BUY ILLEGAL DRUGS THEY BARELY HAVE ANY MONEY TO FEED THEMSELVES. ANY INTELLIGENT PERSON KNOW THIS BUT LIKE OTHER PEOPLE WROTE BEFORE OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM HAS GONE DOWN THE DRAIN. WAKE UP AMERICA OUR HUNGER FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS IS CAUSING THESE DRUG WARS. WE ARE THE ONES TO BLAME NOT THE MEXICANS,COLOBIANS,ETC. WE ARE THE CAUSE. STOP BUYING ILLEGAL DRUGS..

    May 9, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Doug (2)

    I have 2 comments.....

    1.) Invade Mexico....they are asdesparate for liberation as is Afghanistan or Iraq.

    2.) The gunmen may have saved the groom from a worse fate...we don't know the bride.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    Next time a cop says he enforces prohibition to "protect children" show him this story. It's not the drugs that are responsible for this violence, its the prohibition. No prohibition, no massive profit potential.

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

    How can they be getting rich off of that cheap commercial(mexican)? Most americans have no taste, I recomend that you grow your own so you don't send any more money down to the cartels.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. David

    I didn't even have to read the article. My first guess was "this had to be in Mexico". Sad that those people won't get their own country under control. Sad and pathetic. What's even more pathetic is that it is spilling over into the US. What's even more pathetic than that is that the US govt. allows it to spill over into our country and calls those of us who have a problem with this type of behavior racists and mean-spirited. Think about that before you support illegal aliens and spout the tired old line of "they are only here looking for a better life". Sometimes that might be true (although irrelevant). Lots of the time it is not.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Reddog

    Dear, dear Ismael.....First off, please don's YELL! Secondly, I only use legal drugs; alcohol (in moderation), caffeine, aspirin and non-intoxicating prescription medications. Face the fact, people are going to continue to use "recreational" drugs regardless of whether they are legal or not. Certain activities, such as driving while under the influence, can still be punishable after legalization, but the people who profit from the illegality of drugs will no longer have a profit motive if users have ready access to inexpensive drugs, or can cultivate their own for free. If you really want to see an end to drug violence, you need to reconsider the fact that this whole "Drug War" has been nothing but a repeat of the alcohol prohibition era, with "gangsters" and criminal activity. History has repeated itself and the only intelligent move was legalization then, and now.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. The White Mexican

    @ Ismael.....So you really believe that no one is driving 80 mph down the highway high as a kite? Do you watch the show cops? People do all sorts of drugs while driving. The whole point of regulating drugs like alcohol is to focus on violent or wreck-less offenders to protect the public. And no I don't do drugs.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. santina murine

    The only way That I can see to stop the killings, drug wars is this: Legalize the drugs so that only an MD can administer them safely and they have a better chance of weaning them off. Also, it will eliminate crime and maybe they will hold down a legitamite job. Save the courts money and time. No one goes to prison because they will not have to steal or kill to afford their habit. No more people hanging around schools trying to get young children hooked. Mexico will not have the US to sell the drugs to. No one would walk into a MD's office unless they are officially hooked. ONLY WAY!

    May 9, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Midwest Chris

    First off, I have to respond to all these sheep who say we as a country, or the drug users themselves are creating this violence. Totally false. It's the US and Mexico drug policies and laws that are creating this violence along with these vicious cartels who will do anything for a profit, but mostly the failure of the Mexican government to maintain any type of rule in their own country. The "war on drugs" is a complete failure and it seems the more money we spend on it the worse the problem gets. The US has always been the consumer of drugs and Mexico has provided them for us whether be directly or indirectly by using the US/Mexico border as a way to transport, this rise in violence has never been seem before so too blame drug users is ridiculous! Solution, legalize most drugs, tax them, end this idiotic war on drugs and use that money to help the Mexican government get control of their country, particularly around the US border areas.
    QUIT BLAMING AMERICA FOR EVERYTHING!

    May 9, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lou

    The drug war is and has always been a failure...the only people who cannot see that are too drunk on the narcotic drug alcohol to see the truth...what a joke.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
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