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. xoxox

    many kisses guest... you seem lonely and in need of some mexican love.
    YOU STFU!!!!

    I am out of here to make you happy... I am that nice.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. jstmyview

    That's one way to get out of a wedding.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. jstmyview

    Wow, a wedding that turns inot a funeral. Only in Mexico.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. guest

    We WILL be the MAJORITY in a few years – then we will vote OUT the WHITE congress – viva LA RACA!!! VIVA MEXICO!!!!

    May 9, 2010 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Think-it thru

    1) There is so much violence and money involved in drugs because the government has made it illegal;
    2) Making it illegal creates and underground economy that generates cash
    3) the cash comes from American with disposable income who send it to foreign countries for drugs
    4) The US government then spend our tax dollars to these countries in effort to destroy the supply or suppliers, but ignores the demand side of the equation.
    If you want to end violence, drug gangs, unstable foreign governments, expanding Federal power- legalize drugs and the problem is solved. The war on Drugs has been and will continue to be an expensive and poorly conceived failure.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. american idiot

    give a path to citizenship already, haven't the people of Mexico who want to be here given enough?
    end this war on drugs. end the violence.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Patriot in West (by God) virginia

    american idiot

    Your an idiot, we welcome legal immgregration.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. american idiot

    yep them folks in arizonee is reel akomidatin, i almost furgot

    May 9, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. guest

    most of the killings that are taking place are taking place because, believe it or not, there are people that sale drugs as a way of life just like there are people that own pot stores all over california there are in it for the money not the killing or the violence. as a matter of fact a lot of them try to avoid violence because it brings to much attention. most of the killings in mexico are being committed because there are people that want to make easy money but dont have the resources to buy and sell drugs. so they kidnap and kill people. so because these people kidnap and kill people the mexican government has sent in the military making it harder for drug dealers to operate, causing a war between drug dealers and kidnappers. so until one side comes out the victor the killings will continue. and dont worry most of these killers dont want to come to the u.s they live a much better and safer life in mexico. to be honest a lot of AMERICAN CITIZENS have crossed into mexico to join these gangs make money and kill people. and for all those people that look down at mexicans because of what is going on over there take a quick look at some of the people here in the u.s there are neighbor hoods that i would be shot in if i was wearing the wrong color t-shirt. kids are shooting other kids in elementary schools so why dont we consentrait on fixing us before we try to fix everyone else

    May 9, 2010 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    It is NOT the drug users addiction that hurts these people! It is the backwards laws of the US that are to blame. If these drugs, mainly marijuana, were legal, these gangs and cartels would be out of business in a heartbeat. One does not have to look much further than prohibition for the evidence to this argument.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. biztravelexpert

    I brought a bottle of 50 generic 222's to Seattle while visiting a good friend of mine. I left the bottle in his house by mistake and got a call from his wife advising me that IF my buddy got caught with Codeine he would be facing a federal charge, which would give him 3-5 in WA state...gimme a Fing break, money wasted fighting a war on drugs that can not be won fueling the need for the Mexican cartels to continue to turn Mexico into a war zone, ruled by corruption and anarchy.

    As it is on the so called "war"on terrorism, a situation which can not be controlled, only contained. eliminate the problem by legalizing street drugs defuse the massive profits made and use the tax dollars to improve and educate. the US overcame the prohibition this is no different....

    May 9, 2010 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. EEW

    The drug addicts are not the ones risking their lives trying to cross our border to come into this country. Its the ones who can't afford to feed their children. Some people are such bigots. Assuming that all people from Mexico deal drugs is short-sighted.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chester

    its sad seeing a problem that is impossible to to stop or control. That city is so far gone that i fear it will never come out of this

    May 9, 2010 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dan

    Thats why I say 'at least Arizona is stepping up to the challenge of security". Think about it,do we really want this type of lawlessness on our side of the border?

    May 9, 2010 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. phillip

    All you people talking about weed, get a clue – the drug that is causing all the trouble is cocaine. Followed by black tar heroin. Weed? Get serious.

    May 9, 2010 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
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