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. Rob

    Outsourcing is the problem here, the US war on drugs kept busting all the local meth labs, and pot fields, so we had to get our drugs from somewhere, why not Mexico, it's the same thing that happened to American jobs, FREE TRADE took away tariffs on imported goods and made it cheaper to import everything from China, so if your looking for blame look no further than FREE TRADE, NAFTA, CAFTA, and every other trade agreement that lets unchecked cargo come into the US TAX FREE.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. hadtojumpin

    @uhh, I just had to respond to you.
    Where to begin with you. A fact is, the majority of the cartels funds come from marijuana, so stop watching Scarface and actually check some facts. How about a country of legally drunk people. Or legally morbidly obese people. Legally gun toting. Legally gay! My god man, if something becomes legal, suddenly the entire country will grind to a halt to start partaking.
    Take your head out of you @$$ and think. The country will not collectively toke up. You timid little roaches; all of you scared that the sky will fall down if something changes. you realize people's whole frightening perception of marijuana is based on the fact that it's illegal? That reefer addicts light up their doobies in locked cars, get out and destroy America brick by brick because "they are doing wrong".
    People wont be high at work any more than people are drunk already, and guess what? If they are, they will probably be fired. No this country will be better for having legalized marijuana because prohibition does 100 times more evil than it prevents, this story being an example. When's the last time you read a story about bootleggers shooting up a city park?
    I'm sorry your sister has to deal with a judgmental brat like yourself. You don't like weed? Fine, don't do it, but stop your high and mighty crap.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Smart Person

    Legalize them and control them like the other drugs in this country and this won't happen

    May 9, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. andyMac

    Smart person... did you mean Mexicans by "them"... ;-). J/K

    May 9, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. bw2004

    why lie i need christ

    May 9, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. LeeT

    Mexico will never be the same. This is pure evil at work, fueled by greed and no manner of border control is going to make a difference.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. jazzy

    For up to date, underground commentaries on what is happening in Mexico, go to borderreporter.com

    May 9, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lisa

    This is exactly why we need to close our borders and kick out all illegals. This violence has spilled into our country from the craphole called Mexico. While their president sits back and gets rich off the people, he is laughing at how easy it is to make America take care of mexican citizens. The argument that europeans stole the land from Indians is a lame comeback. Face it, if America wasn't the greatest country, Mexicans wouldn't be trying to kill themselves to get here. GOD Bless America!!!!!

    May 9, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. joe

    Even before reading the article, I assumed it was in Mexico. I was right.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    Maybe they will kill themselves out of business. Maybe the Mexicans will stand up and give themselves a solution. As far as I am concerned as long as they stay there and kill themselves it means less stupid people in the world.

    May 9, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Really!

    I mean Really! We eat how many millions of hamburgers in this country every year?? You don't see people killing each other over that.

    The Mexicans just need a decent burger!

    May 9, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. AMERICAN X

    Had to Jumpin is on the right track – read some of the other post above. The drug was is a failed policy and a waste of Billions of dollars. It is simply a jobs program for cops – DEA – judges – lawyers – prison guards – probation officers etc.. By keeping drugs illegal we are creating more problems than it solves... and by the way – I don't do any drugs!! I am just smart enough to realize that the war on drugs is stupid and has no benefit – allwe are doing is creating illegal black markets for criminals to operate in tax free money. Just because something is legal does not mean that everyone will start doing it – pull your head out of your __ and pick up a book.

    May 9, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. b

    our pot is so much better anyway!

    May 9, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. AMERICAN X

    EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO DO DRUGS ALREADY DOES – LEGAL or ILLEGAL – WE NEED EDUCATION NOT INCARCERTION.
    TAX IT!! END THE DRUG WAR NOW!! You will NEVER end demand – WAKE UP! Find a NEW strategy – the current DRUG WAR is killing People!!

    May 9, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. rifraf

    If you take illegal drugs you need to face that fact that YOU are responsible for this type thing. YOU are why it is happening. Every dollar you give to your dealer is fueling this. Every puff you take on a joint is giving these people a reason to kill and destroy other lives. YOU are doing something that is killing other people because YOU feel the urge to get "high". Even if you aren't dirivng a car while high, or doing it around kids or just doing it a few times for fun, YOUR selfish and illegal action is resulting in violence you will never see up close.

    May 9, 2010 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
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