Thursday, May 13, 2010

Officials: 3 men kidnapped, murdered in Juárez were US citizens

Very sad , But even more sad is the fact that this could have been prevented , It is no secret that Jaurez is a War Zone , it is also no secret that the Cartels have put out the word that , any party , gathering , Wedding , funeral , whatever the reason for the get together , it is a high value target for them !
A Simple step to stay alive , stay out of Mexico , especially Jaurez !

El Paso Times
Chihuahua state police confirmed Tuesday that three of the four bodies found in the back of a pickup in east Juárez on Monday were those of U.S. citizens abducted during a wedding last week.

Police identified the victims as bridegroom Rafael Morales Valencia, 29, his brother, Jaime Morales Valencia, 25, and their uncle Guadalupe Morales Arriola, 51.

All are from La Mesa, N.M., in Doña Ana County.

The identity of the fourth victim was not released.

The Moraleses were kidnapped by gunmen who burst into the wedding ceremony Friday evening at El Señor de la Misericordia Catholic church.

Another man, Alonso Sotelo Corral, was killed in the parking lot outside the church as he ran away or interfered during the kidnapping.

On Monday, Mexican police found four bodies with signs of torture in the covered bed of a Toyota Tacoma with Texas license plates...

The slayings of the three family members are the latest murders of U.S. citizens in Juárez after the killings of a U.S. Consulate employee and her husband in March.

According to the U.S. State Department, from January 2008 to December 2009, 39 U.S. citizens were killed in Juárez and four more in other parts of Chihuahua state.

A report by the State Department indicates a surge in slayings of U.S. citizens in Juárez in the last six months of 2009 - 16 victims compared with seven in the first half of the year. Figures for 2010 were not available

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