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. davidd1501

    Regarding number 28
    You have it so correct. Glad to see other people know that "the war on drugs" is a failure and waste of money. Just control, TAX and decimalize drugs. This will save and make so much money and probably save a lot lives. Saves lives by controlling potency and supply so people won't go crazy and OD. If it is controlled and always available no one has the reason to say, "Wow, I finally copped, I need to do a really big hit", thus saving lives.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. quinn

    Nice ideas jt, but it's not proper to start a sentence with the word "because" and well should be "we'll."

    You are correct, but it amazes me kids and teens can read at all today, despite the best efforts of teachers.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. april

    I think we need to eliminate the demand for drugs. And to do that, we need to divert some money from the "war on drugs" to funding decent drug rehab centers for our addicts. This is not an addiction that you can just turn off. Most people become addicts because they don't know how to manage their lives. Their self-esteem is already low and they haven't got the life skills to pull themselves up. Enter drugs for the downward spiral. Our addicts need help that goes beyond detox. They need psychological/spiritual help and an education on how to manage their lives. That takes time and money. I really think we need to shift the bulk of our focus away from fighting the criminals to helping their targets.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. quinn

    The whole drug thing is a toxic mix: unbridled addiction to the drugs and unbridled greed from the dealers. Add to this the whole rush that comes from the "Thud" lifestyle, and it's one big-time mess, Jim.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jan Brewer for President

    "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.
    About as stupid a statement you will ever see in print.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    End of Prohibition = End of Drug Cartels. They can't stop drugs from getting into maximum security prisons, how are they going to stop them from getting in an entire country? As long as there's money in it, there will always be someone willing to risk everything for it. Always. If we make drugs worthless, there will be no drug cartels because there will be no profit. Our laws are to blame for this.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Get Real

    One of these days its gonna rain real hard.......................

    May 9, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michelle

    And this is the filth you pro-illegal supporters want in our country?! Maybe you should live amongst them for a day and it would change your mind. SUPPORT ARIZONA'S LAW AND WIPE OUT THE ILLEGAL THUGS ONCE AND FOR ALL! Mexicans ruined their country, now they want to ruin ours. Stand up, don't be afraid.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nick

    We could just y'know, make drugs legal and grow/make them ourselves...cutting out Mexico and destroying their drug economy.

    Do you see the Netherlands crashing and burning around themselves because everyone is allowed to have drugs? Have they turned into a nation of horrific zombies and pillagers? No! I think it's time we stood up as responsible adults and said "hey, it's OK that I can get meth from the local store....because I've seen what horrible things that drug does to a person, and I've DECIDED that I don't want it." If we make all drugs legal, we may have to deal with culling the herd of irresponsible idiots who can't control themselves. But that's a small price to pay for clearing an entire country of such violence.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bob From Pitt

    Dough Wrote:
    May 8th, 2010
    11:37 pm ET Sure its bad in Mexico, But lets ask the question WHY IS IT BAD?

    Well it starts with people and the culture first.

    It's the people of Mexico which are making the country so bad, not the Drug Dealers, the Corrupt Politicians, the Corrupt Cops, its the People. Because all these groups are made up from the people.

    Doug: I have no idea why I am wasting my time with you.. but have you ever knew that 90% of the world production of illegal drugs is consumme here in the USA?

    I agree something has to be done..

    But what have you done lately (as you puit it ) to reduce consumption?

    Is a two way street buddy..

    Regarding you comment about the future of the USA we better be careful we have to reduce comsumption of oil, and pay the debt, the credit card is max out.. but what are you driving? a 4X4? are you, will you pay more taxes to pay what we owe?

    Don't bother answering, I know what will be you reaction..


    May 9, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bla

    Can't we just nuke mexico?

    May 9, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. AGuest9

    Coming soon to an AMERICAN city near you...

    May 9, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jericho

    Silly Americans. How much longer are you going to be running pogroms against your own citizens? This persecution because of a lifestyle choice which is based obviously on a different set of morals than the tyranny of the majority holds is just plain wrong. I think all drugs should be legal. Addictive drugs should require a prescription but safe, yes safe, drugs like marijuana you should be able to buy over the counter at a gas station if you are in the age of majority. I think you all have your panties in a bunch from some kind of puritan hangover. News flash: the world is not black and white and what you believe is right may be abhorrent to another. Stick to prohibition against physical harm and be flexible with everything else. Turn the other cheek and all that. Forcing your own particular bigotries on everyone else is simply evil.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kait

    #26 – You're delirious to think America is ANY different than Mexico in terms of corruptness. Wow. Allow me to rephrase:

    "Sure its bad in America, But lets ask the question WHY IS IT BAD?

    Well it starts with people and the culture first.

    It's the people of America which are making the country so bad, not the drug dealers, the Corrupt Politicians, the Corrupt Cops, its the People. Because all these groups are made up from the people."

    Do you understand now?

    Nope: RIGHT ON, Brother!

    May 9, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bonnie R

    The violence in Mexico is terrifying. I doubt we can do much to stem it in Mezico but we CAN secure our borders. I also believe it is sensible to legalize, tax, control growth and distribution of marijuana, as a huge percentage of the drug traffic is marijuana (No I am NOT a user). Calling Ariozona racist is absurd and the more I read about the bloodshed in Mexico the more I am convinced that Arizona did the rght thing (No, I am NOT a bigot–my kids are Mexican).

    May 9, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
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