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. andyMac

    Hey! How can they be stupid...they are citizens of the greatest country on earth...we are the greatest people...how can we be stupid...or even wrong...like, like when we invaded Iraq while the rest of the world said, "hey maybe not"...and we forgot that no Iraqi had, before then, even committed an act of terror on an American...or America...we are the greatest...if we keep saying itr we dont have to realize our mistakes.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. doug

    We really want to bring this arugment back to the 1600's? That will get us somewhere!!!!

    We live in a "What have you done for me lately world".

    In the last 40 Years what has Mexico ever offered the world?

    The country is slowing spinning down the toilet bowl, by every fault of their own.

    What is the difference between Canada and Mexico....both started around the same time. Mexico has more natural resources, a better climate, More people and a higher GDP. But yet the people down there have turned that country into a crap hole (seriously thats how I spent one of my vacations – going #2 in the bath tub – It was so bad they should have called in #3.).

    It's the Mexican people who have driven that country to where it is today. And just because its bad, they should not want to leave it and come to the US.

    If you make a mess – clean it up.....you can ask for help.....but its still your mess.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. okie

    legalize ALL drugs then Obama will tax them into oblivion!!!!!

    May 9, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. andyMac

    Doug: does this mean all the mess caused by our US leaders is our fault? GW Bush's s%t is certainly not mine...I don't own it. Mexican immegrants don't all own the corruption of their leaders either...your logic is scary. Really scary.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. RJ

    Close our border to ALL!

    May 9, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lori

    Seriously, Doug? It's people like you that embarrass us Americans. Jesus, it's no wonder why people like andyMac make sweeping generalizations about us. Incidentally, AndyMac, not ALL Americans backed us going into Iraq. I believed (and still do) that it was criminal.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. doug

    By that way you can not wrap yourself around the American Flag in School or you might offend the Mexicans and the Principle will ask you to leave.

    Its not politicaly Correct to say that your are Pro American.

    Sorry if I offended anyone....actually I can see too many people being pro american right now...because I am not liking the way this country is going.

    I am pro american values of the 1950's – minus any of the racist stuff.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. l

    So,...technically this was a 'shotgun wedding'?

    May 9, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. RJ

    Welcome to the U.S.!

    May 9, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. andyMac

    Yeah RJ...lock everyone out! That makes sense too. Rock on intellect! lol

    May 9, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Anita

    Cut demand = Cut supply. Simple as that. US is the biggest consumer, US is the biggest responsible for the killings, US should be held largely in part accountable for the killings. Another perspective you need to see and ask and address to yourselves: WHY do you LIKE it so much? WHY do you NEED it so much? WHY does your SOCIETY accept it so much? MAYBE, that way, you should see if there is a need to LEGALIZE it and REGULATE it... get to the root of the problem as a SOCIETY, stop being hypocritical and judging, start looking for solutions to the problem.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. djshade806

    crazy would hate to be his best man
    partyshades.net

    May 9, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ploppies

    How about make Jaurez a ghost town?
    News announcement telling everyone to get out.
    Send in Mexican Military and everyone who stayed behind dies.

    I bet the body count would be a whole lot lower.

    Leave it a ghost town, make it a Mexican military base.

    if you relocate the gangs from their element, you move them from their familiarity.

    come on we all know Mexican military has no heart.

    question is, what are these gangs building money up for? these small ransoms can't count for much.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. andyMac

    Lori: track-it...clearly not all did back it as i didn't...I know I was not the only one who didn't... the generalizations are me takin a saturday night play at everyones "them mexicans" and "us americans"... playing with all your comments as they are scary and I'm not sure how else to poke fun at a lot of you...

    May 9, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. doug

    If you actually too the time to read my comment it was about the fist Gulf War.

    The second one was a mess from the get go. There is a reason Dick, Colin and Norman told Bush one not to invade Bagdad. So as not to make Iran Stronger.

    It is it bad for me to so, I dont want "Them Mexicans" coming to the US ileagally?

    May 9, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
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