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. boricuatex

    Ken Caples...Yeah, let's blame "these people" for all the problems in the US. Face it. If that were the case let's send all the African Americans back to Africa, all the Italian Americans back to Italy, all the German Americans back to Germany, all the Irish Americans back to Ireland and so on. Hey! The only ones that would be staying here would be the Native Americans who are rightful owners of the land you live on. I believe in legal immigration but there are ways of doing things and it has to be done right. I am hispanic and fortunate enough to have been born a citizen. But I also have some compassion for the illegal immigrants. So much complaining and no one comes up with a solution that will make everybody happy. Why don't we give them work visas. That way they could pay their taxes and if anyone goes astray, back to where you came from. Whovever tells me that Arizona did the right thing, I call them a racist, plain and simple. In Puerto Rico, cops have been sending illegals to ICE forever. But then again, we wouldn't be racial profiling because most of the illegals are hispanic. In Arizona, it's a different story. A white cop will be IDing a person of color while for sure they won't ask a person who looks Anglo.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. hector valdez

    hey bla, why don't you go watch nascar you idiot.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. lucky1

    Legalize drugs like we did with the end of prohabition, and the problem goes away

    May 9, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pawan

    It is not drugs killing people; it is screwed up anti drug laws of our country which have made the drug trafficking so much profitable, besides sending thousands of people to jail for doing something which shouldn't be anyone else business.

    At one point in time importing foreign goods, including watches cars etc was illegal in India. Because of that, the prices of these items became so high that organized crime got involved in trading of these items, which obviously led to many people getting hurt. Now would you say that anyone wearing a drug or driving a car is criminal.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. lucky1

    I don't care if someone else is on drugs, I only care about the crimes they commit trying to get them.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. boricuatex

    Bla, if you can't keep up an intelligent conversation, stop talking so much verborrea.

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

    People need to stop blaming drug addicts for this. Governments create black markets, if drugs were legal this would vanish.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. boricuatex

    David, it seems you've never been to New Orleans.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Girish

    Another would be Pakistan (Called Pakistan of the West) in the making.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. John Q.

    Due to continued inaction by the Obama administration, this is coming to a neighborhood near you soon. Phoenix is now second in the WORLD in kidnappings, behind only Mexico City. Continued failure to secure our borders has only allowed this type activity to flow through unabated, getting worse every day, while billions of dollars flow back the other way only helping the cartels grow stronger. The irony of it all is amazing.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. HALO

    The stupidity at the beginning of this discussion is amazing. Whoever said that blaming drug users for the violence in Juarez is akin to blaming drivers for the war in the Middle East was completely right. The killings in Juarez are largely committed by violent gangsters that would and do war over any commodity or other lucrative ventures. They are criminals that have penetrated every walk of life in Mexico and they would not simply cease to exist should all addicts in the U.S. magically disappear or locked up. The criminals would find other areas of the Mexican economy to exploit. Ceasing the drug trade would dramatically hurt the drug lords, but they are now too ingrained in Mexican society to remove easily. Therefore, to blame an addict,(although not the ones like Rush Limbaugh of course) who most likely does not wish to be addicted in the first place, for the bloodshed is absolute nonsense.

    As for those who think that draconian laws will stop the drug trade, well you obviously haven't any grasp of history. Do you know what the prohibition was? Do you know that it failed and gave rise to some of the most vicious gangsters our nation has seen? That crime skyrocketed upon its implementation? Have you heard of a policy in effect since the early 1980's called "The War on Drugs." If you have, can you identify a single success? Did you know that we now imprison about one percent of our population, largely because of this failed war?

    You probably are aware of these things, but you're angry and you don't wish to admit that there is no easy answer for the U.S. to combat it's addiction problem. Imprisoning addicts, demonizing and stigmatizing them, or otherwise making their life miserable does not work. Addiction itself is a hellish experience, yet even that hell cannot cure an addict's addiction. Addicts need therapy, rehab, and community support, methods which have proven affective. They need to be allowed to be a part of society again, as, contrary to popular beliefs, addicts are capable of being productive when followed closely by drug counselors, psychologists, etc.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. boricuatex

    Dan, you are right 100%. Booze kills more people and ruins more lives than what drugs do now but what is the solution?

    May 9, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. James Hawthorne

    North America was a beautiful, plentiful, and clean continent until 1492ish. The introduction of the European world began the destruction and chaos which we all share today, in order to resolve any pollution of any type we must be educated. If you believe "Mexicans are immigrants"to this great continent there are some education centers available for you to repeat high school. North Americans do not practice over consumption nor do they desire theft of resources. We must educate our people and end senseless violence together. I will end with saying when in search of immigrants look for blond hair, blue eyes, and white skin, thank you for beginning your education. Sincerely

    May 9, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Paul

    The problem is too many idiots spend their day on-line typing comments about random articles as oppose to doing something positive.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. boricuatex

    John Q., let's blame everything on Obama. You must be friends with Hannity, otherwise you wouldn't have said that. The root of the problem is the Mexican government. Mexico has to resolve its own internal affairs before this can be done. They have to go after their corrupt politicians and police force before they could do anything about the drug war. Once that's achieved, they could begin providing basic services and jobs to their people. This can also solve the problem of why so many Mexicans cross the border illegally.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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