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. Frank cambra

    It all starts with the drug wars. you end them and start regulation the change in social problems you will see will be incredible. Keeping the drugs illegal does nothing but fund these kind of events, whereas if we had no drug war and regulation the proceeds would go towards fixing things in our country like the crumble economy and the like.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeremy

    Awesome! Let's open up the boarder and allow all immigrants to roam free without requiring them to provide proof of their legality. I can't believe Arizona is doing what it is doing. [/sarcasm]

    May 9, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeremy

    So, Frank cambra, instead of society being threatened externaly by cartels and drug gangs we just destroy it from within with addiction and self destruction. BRILLIANT IDEA!!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. EST

    I don't do drugs, I don't advocate drug use, but it is time that the government puts the choice in the hands of the people. Making it illegal does not stop anyone who really wants to use. Thus we have drug providers (drug wars). Think about it, if drugs are legal, only those wanting to use them will use them. No more school yard pushers trying to convince and hook kids. No more drug wars in the streets, no more will any individual be able to use the addiction of another to coerce action, crime and gang violence will go down since drugs are responsible for much of the crime we see today. Police will be able to take care of their neighborhoods better. And last but not lease, since the government taxes all things that are not essential, there would be more revenue for the government. Legalizing drugs has been very effective in another country. They no longer have the volume of drug related crimes. As I said I don't advocate drug use, I think it is a serious waste of time, money, mental capacity and health, however, in my opinion it would solve most of the drug war problems and crime.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. The White Mexican

    #172 and #210....Yep...exactly.... To be compassionate is to clearly see and understand the symptoms caused by traumatic events in a person's life. To be indifferent is to judge the person for their symptoms.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. boricuatex

    Jeremy, stop whining and read comment #181.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Greg

    No, drug users are not responsible for this. Authoritarian laws, rules and regulations are causing this. There will always be a demand for drugs - ALWAYS. By supporting their abolition, you are enabling these drug gangs to make a huge profit. If drugs were legalized tomorrow, these gangs would lose 90% of their income to legitimate operations.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. boricuatex

    There is actually no real solution for the drug trade. To legalize it would mean more self destruction upon our society. Drugs are much more addictive than alcohol and cigarrettes. I wish there was a real solution because the truth is that our drug laws promote the trade. Maybe if we just closed our eyes and it all went away...

    May 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Julia

    "Those people" as Ken put it, don't want to come here. Those people, those involved in the drug wars and battle for control of interests have no interest in being here because they have no power here. My husband is from Mexico and for your information, he was actually one of the good guys fighting the battle AGAINST crime in Mexico but had to flee because his life was at risk for trying to fight the good fight. And when he did flee, the US was NOT where he went. He actually sought assylum in Canada and lived there for 8 years. So not every Mexican comes to the US and not every Mexican is involved in drug crimes. Be careful, your ignorance is showing.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeremy

    So I'm racist for believing that people should respect our laws when immigrating to this country? Typical lazy response. Question, My neighbor has a better house and better things, and I want a better life for myself, should I move into his house without his permission to obtain my goals? This isn't the 18th and 19th century anymore. If you are saying that it is ok for mexicans and latinos to be doing what they are doing than you are saying what the europeans did to the natives was also ok.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Guest01

    Lori, in regards to a a comment you had made about the native inhabitants of mexico, you are wrong- The Aztecs referred to themselves as the Mexica. "Aztec" was more of a derogatory name given to all native peoples inhabiting Mexico at the time of the conquest by the spaniards.

    The name of the country and the present people living there, comes directly from the word used by the former empire inhabiting central mexico we mistakenly refer to as the Aztecs, who should be properly called Mexicans in English.

    Not to mention most mexicans are mestizo and have a strong portion of mexica or other indigenuous blood,many nearly full blooded.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hutsell

    Blaming this on the drug users in society is a completely wrong assumption. If you have lived life for at least 20 years you would recognize that there will always be a demand for drugs amongst Americans. The core of this problem falls on the corruption and complete lack of governing ability in the Mexican government. Due to the low socioeconomic status of many Mexicans, the authority has fallen pray to greed. Almost any form of authority in Mexico from local law enforcement to public officials all have a high propensity for accepting bribes. Until there is a fundamental change in this action, the cartels will always have large influence over the Mexican government. It is a hard course of action to eliminate. Maybe there should be more American government control and decriminalization of drugs that could help reduce the power of these huge cartels in Mexico. Unfortunately, this a problem that nobody has found a solution for and it appears this violence will only continue.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jack W

    If it's mainly "hardworking and decent" people coming accross the boarder illegally, the nwhy is it that 20% of the prison population in California and Arizona illegals? And stop with the "it's racism" crap.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MattCDF

    That is why we need to legalize. This is prohibition all over again.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. city guy

    Nuke Mexico... Let God sort them out..

    May 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
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