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. LEAP

    May 8th, 2010
    8:57 pm ET Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is made up of current and former members of law enforcement who believe the existing drug policies have failed in their intended goals of addressing the problems of crime, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile drug use, stopping the flow of illegal drugs into this country and the internal sale and use of illegal drugs. By fighting a war on drugs the government has increased the problems of society and made them far worse. A system of regulation rather than prohibition is a less harmful, more ethical and a more effective public policy

    May 8, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. guest

    Nope, you and people like you are the reason I'm in full support of the new Arizona immigration laws. I just hope my state catches on and follows suit.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |

    The drug war is a failed policy that waste 60 billion dollars every year and has no positive impact on the flow of drugs into this country. There are more drugs available today than there were 30 yrs ago when the "drug war" started. Its not a war on drugs – its a war against people. America has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Many of them locked up for small minor non violent drug infractions. And we are supposed to be a " Free" country. BTW – these people locked up – they don't work – they don't have jobs – they don't pay taxes – they are simply now wards of the state to be used for cheap labor and cost the American tax payer up to $80,000 per year to house and feed. They are now non productive – non tax paying members of society that become a drain on our resources. Did you that many of the prisons in America are private / public companies that trade their stock on Wall Street?
    Did you know that these corporations make more money the more prisoners that they house?

    May 8, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |

    Prohibition is at the root of many of these senseless crimes. More people die from this kind of Drug Violence – than people who are Drug Users. Prohibition actually does more harm than good. It creates black markets and tax free income. 70% of all gang money comes from the sale of illegal drugs. As long as drugs are illegal there will be gangs – cartels – drug dealers – black markets -tax free income etc..,
    We are making Billionaires out of these ruthless drug lords. All because of some antiquated ideas about drug abuse – drug policy and drug war. Do you ever hear about gangs fighting over Xanax and Valium? No because these are regulated products that our Gov't deems safe and says it is ok to abuse. American Pharmaceutical companies are some of the biggest corporations in the world and have some of the largest political action committees and lobbyist of any organization. They don't want you to smoke weed (btw -no one has ever overdosed on weed) they want you to take their little blue and yellow pills

    May 8, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sensible User

    Guest, I hope you don't live in Washington.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    Booze kills too, yet no one says anything about that. I don't want to hear people who say having a drink is not killing people. Your money results in more ads, integration into sports, etc..

    This is toungue-in-cheek humor. Not pro drug, but I find it hypocritical that people who drink are quick to condemn others. Whether you like it or not, every money spent on booze is spent on more ads, which just glamourizes it for more people, kids, etc.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lori

    #19, this land is not the Mexicans' ancestral land any more than it is Americans'. If you read your history, you would know that the Spaniards conquered that territory in 1521. Their background is European just like ours. You sneer at us saying how racist we are; however, the tone of your entire post is just seething with contempt for Americans. Now who is the racist?

    May 8, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. furzaflyin

    You people who believe the drug users in the U.S. are not responsible for the chaos and drug-related killing in Mexico are fools. No drug use in U.S. = no drug lords, no drug trafficing, and no drug killings in Mexico.

    And the guy who complained about the writing skills of another poster is, himself, a poor writer.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeahimright

      Money is the real killer, Always has and always will be. If you greedy capitalists can just stop using money. I can tell by the ultra intelligent logic that some people use that parodies will be misunderstood. Only one way out of this problem and apparently that is not going to occur. I suggest you all get used to it and prepare for it to be expanding into your neighborhood soon.

      July 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. generic poster

    If US legalized marijuana for personal use, it wouldn't have to be purchased from a drug dealer. Could even replace ciggies for Phillip Morris, et al, and govt could tax it like cigs.

    only reason pot is a 'gateway drug' is because it has to be obtained from a dealer, and dealers 'upsell.'

    Cut demand for foreign product, they quit coming.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    And let's face it, our drug campaign is a joke. It's like it was made by middle-aged suburban moms sitting around a kitchen table, or some tight-a**ed white guy.

    It's laughable how out of touch it is, up there with Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign, for those old enough to remember it.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. doug

    Your Dam Right American Way....

    We are the greatest country on earth for a reason....the American Way.

    Bailed out the entire world twice due to the American Way...

    We have bailed out countless countries with Debt Forgivness due to the American Way...

    We have donated Trillions of Dollars to Countries in Need...The American Way....

    So with all this stuff that we do, we dont ask for too much in return....the only thing we ask is dont try and mess with Our American Way.....

    And you think these countries would ever learn?

    May 8, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick

    Lori, you just answered your own dumb statement. The Spaniards "conquered" that land. If you look up that word, you'll figure out that means they overthrew the local population, which, ta-da, was Mexican!

    Better brush up on your history. We wonder why America is behind other nations when it comes to education? LOL

    May 8, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rick

    No Doug, most countries are a lot more intelligent..

    Better to have facts, than throwing out generalized statements...LOL

    May 8, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. andrew

    Legalize drugs! treat it like we treat any other perscription type medicine. That is really the only realistic way to go. It is ideal no.. but I guarantee it's a lot better than what we have today!

    May 9, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. f1mktsol

    "Unsure whether this tragedy was gang or drug related..." Is there a difference? I'm pretty certain we can rule out "family feud" as the probable cause.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
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