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

    Make Mexico the 51st state...that way "they" wont be illegal. Problem solved. Then our wonderful leaders can rule Mexico and turn it into the wonder-state we are...we can cut their education too and use the savings to fund wars that can't be won! Keeps everyone workin'!

    May 9, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. pot head with blood on his hands

    end the war on drugs so we can begin the war on stupid

    May 9, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. andyMac

    and the war on fat.

    May 9, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. pot head with blood on his hands

    this is a drag, if they close the borders, we won't get anymore of that really cheap ditch weed from mexico, we will be forced to pay the exorbitant prices at the medicinal cafes. I can't buy weed with food stamps from those places.


    May 9, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. AlexanderAngnj

    I think all the mexican politicians better step up and beat the heck out of their crooked citizens, or else, no more tourist to visit your country !

    May 9, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. jim

    America is a very sick country

    May 9, 2010 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. guilt ridden pot head with blood on his hands


    May 9, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. alley

    Why was I not surprised it was Juarez. They have so many seasoned killers with all the latest weapons maybe we should recruit them to take on the Taliban. They would probably make more money and live longer.

    May 9, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Anthony

    WAKE UP AMERICA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD! This is what happens when good people become overwhelmed and no one to represent them. This is why I support our men and women in uniform and applaud them for taking their oath to serve and protect very seriously, But we need to NOT tie their hands behind their back and allow them the tools to do their job. We have to be aggressive in the face of this barbarism, even if its one victim cause that one could be you or your loved one.

    May 9, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Syphon Filter

    A lot of Americans are Dumb, by saying that they don't want druggies sneaking into this country. Nobody wants anyone to come here illegally, but the fact is that there are more drug addicts and bad neighborhoods here in America, than in Mexico. There are drug addicts, killers, rapist and thieves (Whether its white collar crime or poor people committing crimes) in every part of the world. And this drug war has become violent at the border because after 911, the laws are stricter when traveling to America by boat and by airplane. So now the European and Asian mafia has shifted the Narco-traffic all to Mexico, so that could distribute it to the biggest consumer of illegal and legal drugs and that's the United States of America.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. The White Mexican

    Not everyone in the drug cartels are willing participants. If you have a business or special skill then you will be asked if you want "plata" or "plomo". That is do you want silver or lead. So either you join them or they kill you and your family. And they do it at a wedding to terrorize the rest of the unarmed citizens into submission. Oh yeah not all Mexican Drug Cartel members are Mexican. The big shots are Chinese, Israelis, Russians, Pakistani, Americans, Colombians, Cubans and so on.

    I'm a law-abiding God-fearing American citizen. My father is from Chihuahua, Mexico and my mother is from Texas. I have lived and traveled throughout Mexico all my life. One of my childhood friends was kidnapped last year and never seen again. Fifteen years ago my cousins were assassinated in Juarez. They used to meet on the Ft. Bliss Army Base and conduct drug deals with the DEA. They said some of the US Soldiers were on their payroll. Not sure what the DEA guys were doing. Mexico's drug war will never end until the following things happen.
    1. The United States must address the break down of the family unit which leads to drug use. Our tax burden is so great that it takes two working parents just to make ends meet. Money is a major cause of divorce.
    2. Mexico must reduce taxes on it's law abiding citizens. They can barely make it because of their tax burden.
    3. The United States must repeal drug prohibition laws and regulate drugs just like alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs. Alcohol prohibition didn't work but did managed to establish marijuana as an alternative to alcohol.
    4. Mexico must allow it's citizens to bear arms. The law abiding citizens cannot protect themselves from thugs and their own government officials. Chihuahua City realized this and is granting gun permits to store clerks just so they can stay in business.
    5.The United States must develop a guest worker program specifically for Latin American immigrants. Rich countries need guest workers whether we like it or not. Most Latin American immigrants do not want to live in the US.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Alex

    A lot of people leaving comments are blaming the drug users and dealers for all this fighting, but that isn't the main reason for the outbreaks in violence down there. Now, I used to live in Monterrey in the state of Nuevo Leon which is one of the hot spots for all this violence about ten years ago. Things didn't go down like they do now. The cartels were still there for sure, but policies were different amongst them. The cartels had everything cut out into territories, and long standing deals were in place between all the heads of the cartels regarding who did what in what places. Places like Monterrey were neutral cities where their families lived, and no overt business went down there. Places like Tijuana or Guadalajara were business cities, but the bosses kept it relatively behind the scenes so that business kept moving.

    However, along came a new push in the War on Drugs. Bosses ended up in jail, shot dead in a raid, or ousted by the government. Violence began to surge, and everyone became fair game as the lieutenants started fighting for control in a business with a sudden gigantic power vacuum. It was as if authorities on the Mexican and US side did not think of the consequences of shaking up the system before they went out and cut off the head of a creature that still had a fully functioning body. I'm not for the cartels in the least bit, but our efforts to curtail the drug problem only made it worse because we took out the foundations without thinking about where the rest of the building is going to fall. Our own policies (Mexican and American) created this, and nobody is taking their share of the blame.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. maria

    I am from MEXICO, LIVE IN MEXICO AND LOVE MEXICO.... It hurts to read all the things you are saying about my country but it's OK... everyone has a right to their own opinion.

    We Mexicans are fun, loving and very hardworking people. We are very loyal to our families and take pride in taking care of our parents... We are not as bad as you think... and YES I do believe that the USA is in part responsible for this drug war... America is the number one client! Mexico, South and central America might sell the drugs to you... but at least we don't seem to NEED them or LIKE them as much as Americans do. I guess it can be said the we ONLY sell the product that in your country is obviously and so desperately wanted.

    I wish China would take over this job... I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    And to those people who are so sensitive about grammar... please forgive me.


    May 9, 2010 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. guest

    I do NOT ever want to hear that shopping at WALMART is hurting no one – hypocrite – STFU!!!

    May 9, 2010 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. tj

    let them in, give them benefits! we owe them so much.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
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