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. Sofia

    hehehhe... I think Doug has been touching some of that illegal product.... 🙂

    May 9, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. andyMac

    Lori! You posted the best response (from an ignorance perspective) are the #1 example of our (greatest country in the worlds) slide down the poop-pipe.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lori

    Rick, the local population was NOT Mexican you idiot. The local population consisted of the Maya, the Aztec, the Olmec, the Toltec and the Teotihuacan.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. doug


    Is most Countries 51%, 61% 71% 81%.

    Is Most Countries only First World or Second World Countries?

    Are the countries that are more intelligent, are these the ones which donate more money to less fortunante countries? Are these the ones who send over troops to fight someone elses battles?

    It was not too long ago the Sadam Hussain tried to take over the a large portion of the middle east. And if it was not for the US he would have done it. I did not see too many other Inteligent Countries Leading the way.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. GV

    Methinks Rick should go back to school...

    May 9, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. sbtim

    this is a result of the war on drugs, not drug use. People who use drugs WISH they could buy them from a legitimate business, not from criminals, but thanks to prohibition, they can't.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rick

    Right Lori, but it DID NOT belong to the Spaniards... it was the descendants of present day Mexicans..

    Just as America was already settled by Native Amercians, the real "Americans" technically speaking.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rick

    Youu can be more intelligent Lori! Just crack open a book!

    May 9, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. andyMac

    we are all nasty invaders...can we not all just get a long now that is setteled...none of us have been anywhere more than 80 odd years...fresh start...anyone? no more hate? no more generalizations based on fear and ignorance...anyone?

    May 9, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lori

    Rick, I think you missed my WHOLE ENTIRE POINT. I was responding to the following comment: "It is hard working [Mexican] 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."

    My point being: Europeans conquered both North America and Central America so neither the Mexicans nor the Americans can call this land their "ancestral" land.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. andyMac

    doug, your patriotic "greatest country" stuff scares me...I hear all the politicals dropping that stuff daily...makes me sick. it fundamentally places 98% of the word as second rate and makes almost everyone that doesn't have a US flag up their butt think we Americans are pretty silly. Really.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Just thinking

    Some idiots think that we can solve the problem by pinning it on someone else or shutting them out (Ken Caples) but if you look back in histrory a wall never keeps people out. What we have to do is find some way to stop this maybe by legalizing drugs, but that a wall won't help, it will just be dug under. What we should do is welcome them into our country and try to help them, because some of them are coming over in search of a better life and in a lot of books America is portayed as the land to be at: fair, just and all these amazing things. So if we HELP them we can solve the problem by understanding why they are oing this.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lisa Morris

    To the person that asked that the US government wants this people into US, please know that is not the case. US government wants hard working and honest people into the US. In the other hands all this violence and drug trafficking is being sponsored and supported by the demand of the people of the US. Please answer this question "Or which more greatly must be faulted,
    though either may commit a wrong: she who sins for need of payment, or he who pays for his enjoyment?

    May 9, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. justice

    Not all immigrants are drug dealers or murderers. How stupid can some of you people be?

    May 9, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Alex

    Regarding Mexican racial make-up, I hate to tell you guys, but they're largely indigenous. Not necessarily the people in power, but certainly the common people. Even if they weren't, centuries-old conquest and genocide isn't an excuse to practice protectionism in the labor market and deny hard-working people a chance to better their lot in life by their own efforts.

    Regarding drug-related deaths, any economist will tell you that the horrendous crimes and to a large degree, overdoses, are caused by prohibition. When the government actively disrupts any attempt at the establishment of property rights in a market (such as the drug market), the most violent (meaning the most capable of protecting their turf and/or gaining new turf) and the most connected to corrupt government officials rise to the top. It happened with alcohol prohibition in the 30s; it's been happening with drugs.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
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