Cartel Wars: 25 dead in Ciudad Juarez

Posted by: Phineas on September 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

…in three hours:

Drug-related violence continues to consume Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico, just across the border from El Paso. Last Thursday’s toll of 25 killed over a three-hour period rattled a city that is already accustomed to numerous deaths a day.

It was the highest single-day toll recorded in the border city since the violence erupted there more than two years ago. Victims in Thursday’s shootings range in age from 15 to 67. They were mostly ambushed inside their homes, reports the El Paso Times.

Ciudad Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said the killings were believed to be acts of retaliation by the Juarez cartel for an alleged kidnapping of a child by the rival Sinaloa cartel. What’s not clear is what all those victims had to do with the alleged kidnapping.

Does it matter why, anymore? Public safety is all but nonexistent in several Mexican cities thanks to the gang wars and the government’s failures to rein them in. Reynosa, at the other end of the Texas-Mexican border from Juarez, is described as being under the open control of the Gulf and Zeta cartels, which are battling over the city like pirates over a captured woman, while the Mexican Army sits by, impotent.

Not only is there the human tragedy of people living in fear of their lives from bloodthirsty criminals, but what happens on their side of the border affects us, too. Not just from illegal immigration as people understandably look for a safer place to live, but also physical security. Already cartel violence is spreading into our cities. Do we have to wait for another raid on Columbus to take our border problems seriously?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “Cartel Wars: 25 dead in Ciudad Juarez”


  1. Kate says:

    We have missionaries in Oxaca and neighboring towns who are quite aware of the danger of kidnapping. One family was already threatened and has sent their children home to protect them from the slime who seem to know everything about you and make veiled threats in order to extort money. If you are an American in Mexico be very careful.

    This is why so many Mexicans are taking the risk of crossing illegally. If they had some support on their own side of the border we wouldn’t have half the problems we currently do with border security. The corruption is horrible, top to bottom, in all areas of government and security. The drug cartel is approaching a new level of terror…insurrection is probably a mild word for what they are doing.

  2. Autumn says:

    I have traveled as a missionary to Cuidad Juarez 2 times and I am returning in June 2011. I feel that if we can improve Mexico, it’s citizens would not be compelled to try to cross into the US illegally. I know that the violence is widespread, but I was under the assumption that people who are involved with the drug cartel are the targets for the violence.

  3. Carlos says:

    From the A.P.:

    Carlos Saavedra, national coordinator of United We Dream:

    “This is one of our last chances to get some justice to the immigrant community and immigrant youth. It’s huge.”

    If they want justice for the criminals, either get out of the country or get them into court and jail, then out of the country.

    They aren’t smart enough to figure out the violence spoken of in this article will follow the illegals as surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west (at least from our perspective).