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. Pot smoking bleeding heart moran

    Good call Balazars! Ever sence they got rid of prohibition alcohol has been completly harmless to society!!!!

    May 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pot smoking bleeding heart moran

    I hate how intollorent, racist, prejudice and biggoted conservatives are. they should all be rounded up and placed in inernment camps and reeducated at gun point. That will teach them some tollorance!

    May 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    We should definitely be welcoming more illegal aliens into our country from our crime-infested toilet stall neighbor from the south.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pot smoking bleeding heart moran

    I wonder what Canada thinks? If they think we should be more "tollerant" of people entering our country illegally would they support us immigrating to their country illegally for the sake of pursuing a better life?

    May 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stefano

    I grew up 30 miles from the border in Cochise county Arizona.

    The border violence over the last couple of years has been sytemic to the economic decline of Mexico. So for us here in Cochise county this problem was just waiting to rear it's ugly head. The people of Mexico have never had the luxury of relying on the government for social and economic aid. The result, drug trafficing has been their only source of economic survival, unless they flee to the U.S. Both governments have known these problems have existed for decades now, and have just turned a bling eye. Even the current administration after two years has barely acknowledged the problem. I guess they are busy trying the save their own economic disasters.

    The ranchers who have lived and established themselves throughout generations have little to no rights to protect themselves and their land. They have people running through their land, trashing it by destroying their fences, vegetations (buring trees), and to top it all off the Border Patrol is running throught their land with their SUV's.

    The bottom line is that innocent people of Mexico and the United States are getting caught in the middle of this vicious cycle. Seeing friends from both sides getting hurt for no reason is painful to watch. People are free to voice their opinions, but they should live in the shoes of these people and they would realize what exactly they have to live with every day.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ryan

    The fact that the drugs are illegal are why people kill over territories and drug money.
    I guarantee you that the last people who want drugs legal are the dealers who make ridiculous amounts of money over it.
    It's like prohibition in the US over alcohol from 1917 to 1933.
    It springboarded mafia and gang involvement into areas of bootlegging.
    People were killed over alcohol because it was an illegal drug.
    The owners of beer companies and liquor companies do not wage wars on the streets of our cities to control selling territories... you buy it at the store now.
    The difference between alcohol and many other drugs is that alcohol IS responsible for millions of deaths yearly.
    Couple that with the fact that we spend billions of dollars every year to sustain this notion of a war on drugs and your argument doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
    If you drink and or smoke cigarettes and you complain about drugs, shut your mouth.
    Alcohol and nicotine are drugs... drugs that actually result in death and, thanks to second hand smoke and drunk drivers, endanger others.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pot smoking bleeding heart moran

    Those damn SUV's . God I hate what they're doing to the boarder area..

    May 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NN

    Judging by these comments, both courtesy and the command of the English language are in jeopardy.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pot smoking bleeding heart moran

    Can't wait until drugs are legal so we can see it's parallels to alcohol in their effect on society. More DUI related deaths, families and lives destroyed, economic productivity declines. It will sure be worth it just to see the look on those damn cartel bosses faces. Whatever it takes to put them out of business, damn the consequences!!

    May 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pot smoking bleeding heart moran

    hukt on fonix wurkt fur mi.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jon

    thats just funny!

    May 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pot smoking bleeding heart moran

    Just because you can't make an omlette without breaking some eggs doesn't mean you have to kill the chicken. ...umm I just confused myself. nevermind.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JakeF

    Funny that many (if not most) of you here are taking prescription drugs to alter your moods.

    Want to bet more people die from prescription drug abuse than drug related violence?

    May 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pot smoking bleeding heart moran

    More people have died as a result of mosquito bites than all the wars of humanity combined via malaria. What's your point?

    May 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matt

    I keep reading that the Europeans "stole" the land, that it belongs to Mexico. That's a lie. The Europeans fought for the land and they won. That's the end of it. That's the nature of the human race even before recorded time. You fight for your home and your land. One wins, one losses. There will be future fights, and the winner takes the land. Nobody stole nothing from nobody. You want the land then fight for it.

    May 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
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