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

    CONGRATULATIONS STEVE505!!!!! You were the first to notice!! I like you!!!! 😀

    May 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jaredallas

    Actually, drugs and users aren't the problem. Prohibition is the problem, clearly. If the government were to regulate and oversee the distribution and manufacture of narcotics (as they do with the Pfizer-style ones that are so very beneficial to our society [ha!]) then this would all end. That's true. Do you know of anyone getting murdered over moonshining? After prohibition repeal, that is.

    There is a market and a demand for drugs, and it will not go away. If puritanical idealistic fantasy requires you to pretend that people will quit manipulating their own minds with substance abuse, just because it makes you feel uneasy to think about (or you consider it a sin), then please quit singing that tired old song about how sad it is that people are being killed over drugs; it's your own backwards-thinking fault.

    May 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    Your logic is inherently flawed. In the first place i if drugs were legal addicts would be hurting no one other than themselves & addicts are not the ones who voted for their drug of choice to be illegal.

    May 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JR

    .These are some of the people coming into our country. Our attorney general wants to sue AZ because their law would immediately send these people back where they belong. I wonder what his position is on legalizing heroin.

    May 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nick in NoVA


    May 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. vivalaraza

    And i live right across the border from there!

    May 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pot smocking bleading hart moran

    There Steve505, is that less subtle and easier for you to understand?

    May 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mexicans go home

    Ironically you don't see Mexicans complaining about this type of violence, the corruption or criticitcing/confronting Narco president’s Calderon government and his corrupted cronnies.

    But they have the guts to come to USA to complain and confront the government… because they are breaking the law…

    They want to make USA a lawless country like Mexico. They want to take, not to give like they do in Mexico where more or less 90% of the population don’t pay any kind of taxes and they basically survive stealing and bleeding their sibblings dry. Now, they came to USA to bleed our health system dry as well…

    Even the earth shakes trying to get rid of them unsuccessfully!!!!

    Go gome Mexic-ANOS (ANO in Spanish means behind or more specifically A$$).

    May 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. d

    there are two parties to blame here: the drug users and the governments that keep drugs illegal. if drugs were regulated, there'd be no black market.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hughie

    The last words that were heard from the groom on the way out of the church door were: "Thank God! You guys got here just in time!"

    May 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pot smocking bleading hart moran

    One way to cripple the cartels would be to uh.. how do you say it ... um.. oh yeah DONT DO DRUGS!

    May 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. matt

    As soon as I saw the headline "Gunmen kidnap groom and kill one" I knew this was Mexico.
    What a dump of a country.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. eric

    It's not the drugs as much as the ability for people to easily access this country through our porous borders. instead of spending money on frivolous marijuana prsecutions lets beef up the national guard who should be patrolling our borders. wow we really have learned nothing from 9/11.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pot smocking bleading hart moran

    Waaaaay too simple. I appologize. I wasn't empethizing with the weak minded and weak bodied rejects of society that are either too stupid or too lazy to stop or don't start in the first place. If you are one of those that needs drugs to feel good about yourself and life in general I feel sorry for you. Hopefully your death will be quick and painless and you won't cause too much of a burdon on society. May whatever god or pipe you believe in have mercy on whatever is left of your soul.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alfa Tango

    Just sent couple Drones or Special Forces guys to Mexico to gt rod of the Cartel pigs and their families. I will start with their corrupted politicians. Have you guys noticed that most of the head of states of the Latin countries are basically Narco Emperors?

    How about a 1 million dollars contract to become part of a anti-cartel militia?

    Only concerns is that more than half of Mexico's population would be exterminated...

    May 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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