October 24, 2010 in News
13 partygoers killed by gunmen in attack in Ciudad Juarez (Washington Post):
Gunmen stormed a birthday party in embattled Ciudad Juarez and killed 13 young people, the latest outrage in a city crippled by warring drug gangs.
State Attorney General Carlos Salas told reporters at a news conference at the crime scene that the dead ranged in age from 13 to 32 and included six women and girls. A dozen people were wounded in the attack late Friday in a lower-middle-class barrio of Juarez.
Salas said that investigators found 70 bullet casings at the scene and that the attackers escaped. He offered no possible motive.
Gunmen killed 15 people at a birthday party attended by teenage football players in a similar attack in the city in January.
The deaths captured the attention of the nation and forced President Felipe Calderon to promise to restore order. At public meetings back then in Juarez, he was heckled by audiences and confronted by the angry mothers of the dead.
Calderon, supported by U.S. Ambassador Carlos Pascual, committed large investments to mend the tattered social fabric of the city by building schools, parks and clinics and offering work to the tens of thousands of underemployed youth in program called “We Are All Juarez.”
The Mexican government also vowed to replace military troops, which had been in the streets since January 2008, with federal police.