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. CamarilloSam

    "Nope", surely you realize that Mexico is also a product of illegal European immigrants? Why do you think they speak Spanish?

    May 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. els

    There was a Gary Larson Far Side cartoon once that had two aliens that had found two humans. The aliens were huge cpmpared to the puny humans. They put the two humans into a jar with the lid that had holes poked into the top. Just like we all did when we were young. One alien tells the other one to shake the jar and see if theyll fight. that is how I see humankind, it could be so simple but we just cant help it.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EJM333

    Or we can finally realize that the war on drugs is a complete failure of propaganda ( ie. prohibition). Once Mexico realized it needed to create a war on drugs to be more similar to the United States this is when the killings started, and you all blame the people on drugs. Do you all know that tobacco, alcohol and prescription medication account for more than SIX times as many deaths then ALL illicit illegal drugs COMBINED. Now if you were to ask me on who I would blame, the government is at fault, wasting millions upon billions of dollars a year trying to prevent an unpreventable thing.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maude

    White Anglaphone's used drugs/alcohol to take land away from brown people and keep blacks in check. Now this is all coming back to haunt them.

    Good luck Amigos & Muchachos

    May 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Conservative Values

    The drug war is a failure, here and elsewhere. We need to wake up and legalize it. I am anti-drugs and won't use if they are legalized, but the cost in dollars and lives is intolerable. Legalize, regulate and TAX. This will provide valuable revenue, remove the criminal element, lessen the burdens on law enforcement and the prison system. Crime was involved during prohibition, at least until it was repealed.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alfa Tango

    Maude just proved my point. All wetbacks (wet bags? lol)

    They are not loyal to this country, only to their stomachs and wallets. They are not even loyal to their countries no matter how many times they scream : "Que viva Mexico!"

    Yeah yeah, you are so proud of your country that you keep it like a huge dumpster and it can be seen every place you go down there.

    They have no money for tortillas or suppoer their many kids, but yes, they have money for cel phones...

    Illegals, protect USA, be loyal to USA or go back!!!

    May 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nate

    its not peoples addictions that caused this its the governments greed if there wasnt such a highe demand ie. the war on drugs then people wouldnt die

    May 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lysol

    This was all a plan... The guy really didn't want to get married becuase his wife to be smelled like pickles so he arranged this to be a kidnap. They used fake guns/ammo and the "dead" person is actually hanging out in Cabo with the rest of those who got "kidnapped." They are drinking Dos XX with the most interesting man in the world and the tiger from Hangover. Thumbs up!!

    May 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jason

    I just came back from Singapore where people found with drugs are sentenced to death. Their crime rate, homeless rate, and gang violence is better than heaven.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Zeek

    Legalizing Marijuana will do a lot to stop this BS. A good portion of their funding is coming from MJ. sales.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Canadian Daddy Wayne

    I feel bad for the innocent people there but why don't USA drop a BOMB on those Drug Cartel's?? They seem to do it no problem on a school or Hospital in Iraq??!! Just a Thought!! (by the way..I DO soupport our Troops–Your's Mine, Nato's etc....) "Happy Mother's Day' too all the Mom's in the World!!

    May 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Maude

    Alfa Tango:

    I can tell you that the root cause of all that is bad in mexico is caused by the Spainards who are of the Caucisoid family. (White Anglaphones). Once again they caused the local Indian population to be displaced by drugs/alcohol so they got grab their land. This is coming back to haunt them.
    Why don't you go back to the asylum and take your pill pal!

    May 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CamarilloSam

    I understand the AZ public services are so swamped with Mexican citizens that they are virtually no longer available to US citizens (Hispanic or Anglo). Trying to correct that is not racism, it is a basic function of a sovereign nation. No different than having two or three families move into your house and ask "what’s for dinner?" You may server them for a few days or a few weeks, but not permanently, otherwise you loose your own families’ home. I ask anyone posting (not the "it's racial" please) what is the solution? How can AZ recover public services for US citizens without humiliating their own Hispanic citizens, or for that matter without terrifying and humiliating innocent, honest hardworking families that escaped the poverty of Mexico for a better life in America? How do we do it?

    May 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Canadian Daddy Wayne

    I agree with POST 285 'Alfa Tango'--Send in the Drones & S.A.S & 'take out the Garbage' that is makeing Mexico a Hell-hole!!

    May 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alfa Tango

    Maude –>

    White is a beautiful color!!! Even when that word or, color really hurts your feelings 😉

    Why blaming the Spaniards when that happened 500 years ago?

    Accept the fact that Mexican in specific has become a huge problem for tis country.

    Do you see people from Salvador, Nicaragua or surrounding areas turning against USA? Ha ve you seen people from India, China and other countries causing problems or abusing the system like Hispanic Illegals?

    I feel for you Maude, so, this is my advice: you can use another options to feel better like Michael jackson did, do you know how to read between lines?

    May 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
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