Gunmen In Mexico Kill Six People At Family Reunion; Marine And Three Zetas Die In Monterrey

Street scene, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
Street scene, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
A street scene in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

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Top Story Men armed with assault rifles opened fire Friday during a family reunion in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, killing six people including one woman.

Seven men allegedly entered through the back door of a house in a residential neighborhood near the center of Ciudad Juarez, where they opened fire on the party-goers. Two men died on the spot and four others, three men and a woman died in the hospital.

Police are unsure whether the incident early Saturday was related to drug cartels, said Carlos Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney general, according to CNN.

Ciudad Juarez, a city that lays directly across the border from El Paso, Texas, has become a hotspot for violence related to Mexico’s ongoing drug war. Over 6,800 people have been killed in the city since early 2008.

The United States government issued a travel advisory to U.S. citizens going to Ciudad Juarez due to the gross amount of violence tied to the drug trade.

Also on Friday, a Mexican marine and four alleged members of the Zetas drug gang were killed during a gunfight in  suburb of Monterrey.

The marines were investigating several people inside two cars acting “suspiciously,” when they were attacked with grenades and gunfire. Following the gunfight, Mexican authorities seized two vehicles, three assault rifles, two shotguns and several clips.

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