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. tmichael

    The money Americans send to Mexico by purchasing illegal drugs buys the bullets those killers are using. Anyone using illegal drugs in the US has blood on their hands. This is not the 1960s, and we're not talking about getting a little high on some grass, watching a movie, and having the munchies. Until Americans kick the serious drug use, the violence will escalate and more will die. Sorry to sound hopeless, but there is TOO much money to be made; someone will always step up and join the game just for a chance at the money, And now (and for awhile, really) the money has entered the 'legitimate' world in Mexico and the US and corrupted too many people. I'm not generally a pessimist, but on the likelihood that the drug trafficking and violence can be contained or halted, I'm without any real hope. For me, it's a matter of when, not if, this country must turn to really harsh enforcement methods. Many in Arizona have, it seems, already arrived at the 'when' just a little before some other state have.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mexican

    Proper grammar is beyond the point people.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Power by Numbers

    LOL, for post # 5. 1 word for ya'..."Guatever"...have fun with it.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nope

    You ppl are kidding right? NO it is not the drug users that are causing this, any more than drivers are causing the war in the Middle East. It is you people that are causing this, by trying to force your values on everyone else. Wake up, the dark age is over, you want to live a certain way? That is fine, but don't try to force everyone to live your way. I don't do drugs myself, but I don't see your pathetic war on drugs working any more that your pathetic crusade in the Middle East. Don't like illegal Mexicans? Thats OK, it is your right to be racist, you illegal European invaders. However, it is not the degenerate drug traffickers that are coming over here. Why would they, if they are living it up in grad in Mexico, thanks to your pathetic attempt to stop them. It is hard working people with decency that are mostly coming here, crossing into their own ancestral land. Land stolen by you self righteous invaders. It is their land, not yours. It is only yours momentarily. Like any other empire in history, yours will fall too, and you people will once again immigrate somewhere else. Possibly cross the ocean again back to your own land, where hopefully Europeans threat you with the same hospitality that you are treating people that cross back to their own land here. Hopefully they enact laws that say it is illegal to be religious, so that you know what it means to be on the wrong end of an unfair law, and understand that just because there is a law against it, it does not mean it is wrong.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Power by Numbers

    I want to make a drinking game out of post # 19. Every time that he/she writes a sentence that is full of "what?" take a drink.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tmichael

    Nope: The Hispanic people invaded what is now Mexico and slaughtered the people living there. When armed people enter a church and kill someone and kidnap others, it's not really about immigrants, legal or otherwise.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve Newwman

    Well, the War on Drugs is what? 35-40 years old or so? Maybe we should just medicalize it as the Brits do. The only thing that is going to stop the Narco-killing is to fight an economic war against drugs. Medicalize it and the price drops to less than 10% of what drugs are going for now. Take the dollars out of drug importation and the problem stops. Not nice, not easy, but it is the only way end the senseless killing. (Not to mention that we would save a fortune in prison costs.)

    May 8, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    Legalize drugs, tax them, and there would be no market for these thugs to get rich, and no drug cartel violence.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sensible User

    The drug war in Juarez involves a lot of different drug pushers, but the fact of the matter is marijuana is a 40 BILLION DOLLAR a year business. Sure, I would love to see more than 30% of our national budget spend on the demand side, instead of dumping money into boarder issues. But the same illogical mindset that pushes the syllogism: "You buy drugs, therefore you send money to Mexico," and in conclusion "You kill people" is plain false. The dangers to the human body of marijuana are insignificant compared to what a bullet will do to your head. Sure, some of that money probably goes back to Mexico, but we can have our cake and eat it too. Legalize marijuana.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shelly Man

    Now if we could only get them to kidnap the 12 million illegals that are here in the US.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. doug

    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.

    This is why I do not want any Mexicans coming across our boarder illeagally. We are a country of Rule and Law and as soon as we start making acceptions for people breaking our laws than we will be Mexico North.

    I say pump Billions of Dollars into Mexico to help them make their country better. But don't infect us with the same types of people who messed up your country.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. david

    lol shelly, thad be great

    May 8, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cops Say Legalize Drugs

    After nearly four decades of fueling the U.S. policy of a war on drugs with over a trillion tax dollars and 37 million arrests for nonviolent drug offenses, our confined population has quadrupled making building prisons the fastest growing industry in the United States. More than 2.2 million of our citizens are currently incarcerated and every year we arrest an additional 1.9 million more guaranteeing those prisons will be bursting at their seams. Every year we choose to continue this war will cost U.S. taxpayers another 69 billion dollars. Despite all the lives we have destroyed and all the money so ill spent, today illicit drugs are cheaper, more potent, and far easier to get than they were 35 years ago at the beginning of the war on drugs. Meanwhile, people continue dying in our streets while drug barons and terrorists continue to grow richer than ever before. We would suggest that this scenario must be the very definition of a failed public policy. This madness must cease!

    The stated goals of current U.S.drug policy - reducing crime, drug addiction, and juvenile drug use - have not been achieved, even after nearly four decades of a policy of "war on drugs". This policy, fueled by over a trillion of our tax dollars has had little or no effect on the levels of drug addiction among our fellow citizens, but has instead resulted in a tremendous increase in crime and in the numbers of Americans in our prisons and jails. With 4.6% of the world's population, America today has 22.5% of the worlds prisoners. But, after all that time, after all the destroyed lives and after all the wasted resources, prohibited drugs today are cheaper, stronger, and easier to get than they were thirty-five years ago at the beginning of the so-called "war on drugs". With this in mind, we current and former members of law enforcement have created a drug-policy reform movement - LEAP. We believe that to save lives and lower the rates of disease, crime and addiction. as well as to conserve tax dollars, we must end drug prohibition. LEAP believes that a system of regulation and control of production and distribution will be far more effective and ethical than one of prohibition. We do this in hopes that we in Law Enforcement can regain the public's respect and trust, which have been greatly diminished by our involvement in imposing drug prohibition. Please consider joining us. You don't have to be a cop to join LEAP! Find out more about us by reading some of the articles in our Publications section or by watching and listening to some of our multimedia clips,. You can also read about the men and women who speak for LEAP, and see what we have on the calendar for the near future

    May 8, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sensible User

    Great idea doug. Lets force our "American ways" on yet another country. Our motto should be "America to the rescue, but only for the betterment of us."

    May 8, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris Bennett

    Druggies are only hurting themselves. It is the LAWS against drugs that are hurting others.

    End the drug war and end the violence. Legalize drugs. It's been obvious for a long time that that is what needs to happen.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
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