Ciudad Juarez

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Man Had Wife's Family Killed to Lure Her to Funeral—and Her Own Death

Samuel Velasco is looking at a mandatory life sentence

(Newser) - It sounds more the stuff of a soap opera than reality, but as an El Paso, Texas, courtroom has heard, it was very much the stuff of real life—and death. Samuel Velasco was last Monday convicted on three counts of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country: The... More »

El Chapo Moved to Prison Near US Border

It's unclear exactly why the former drug kingpin was transferred

(Newser) - Notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was transferred Saturday from the Altiplano maximum-security prison outside Mexico City to a prison just south of the Texas border, AFP reports. El Chapo arrived in Ciudad Juarez along with 150 federal police officers aboard three planes and was taken from the... More »

How the US Shrank One Square Mile

It happened 50 years ago at the Mexican border

(Newser) - It's been half a century since the US shrank by a square mile thanks to a combination of geography and politics. The Rio Grande, between Texas and Mexico, has shifted over the years—and its movements between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico have changed our borders. In... More »

Cheap Mexican Dentists Wooing Americans

How does a $50 filling sound?

(Newser) - How rough is America's dental state of affairs? Rough enough that US citizens are heading to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico—dogged by a reputation of being one of the world's most dangerous cities, though KVIA notes that violence is down—to get their teeth cared for. The station and... More »

How to ID an Old Corpse? With This 'Secret' Fluid

In crime-infested Mexico, it comes in handy

(Newser) - A forensic expert in one Mexico's most violent cities has found a way to cull secrets from corpses that have gone dry, AFP reports. Alejandro Hernandez, who handles waves of dead bodies in Ciudad Juarez, lowers them into a homemade solution that makes their murder wounds and facial features... More »

2-Year-Old Mass Graves Uncovered in Mexico

Bodies of 11 men found in them, near US-Mexico border

(Newser) - Mexican authorities have discovered 19 bodies—some old, some new—near the US border. Eleven of the bodies were found in mass graves, where they appear to have rested for two years, officials say. Those bodies were buried amid intense fighting between drug cartels in the area, near Ciudad Juarez,... More »

In Ciudad Juarez, New Slew of Missing, Murdered Women

Remains of 12 people found recently determined to be female

(Newser) - The remains of 12 girls and women have been found in Ciudad Juarez in recent months, increasing concerns that young females are being targeted in the violent Mexican border city. Just six of the victims have been identified, all of them teens reported missing in 2009 and 2010; the other... More »

Bullet From Mexico Hits Woman in Texas

El Paso woman injured by Juarez shootout

(Newser) - El Paso is considered one of America's safest cities, but it was painfully reminded of its proximity to one of the world's most dangerous yesterday. As cops battled carjackers in Ciudad Juarez, a stray bullet crossed the border and struck a Texas woman in the leg as she... More »

Mexico Nabs Drug King 'El Brad Pitt'

Nicknamed stemmed from disguise he wore

(Newser) - Mexico’s federal police have arrested the alleged leader of the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel—one Marco Antonio Guzman, also known as “El Brad Pitt.” Guzman was nabbed on Wednesday in Chihuahua, the northern Mexican state that’s home to Ciudad Juarez, site of an estimated... More »

City in Mexico Drug Wars Renames Itself 'Heroic'

Ciudad Juarez celebrating 100th anniversary with a name change

(Newser) - When your town is best known as the epicenter of Mexico’s drug war, maybe it’s time for a rebranding. Ciudad Juarez is changing its name to Heroica Ciudad Juarez, meaning “Heroic City of Juarez,” in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of a critical Mexican Revolution battle... More »

41 Killed in Ciudad Juarez Murder Spree

Police inaction blamed for sky-high murder rate in Mexican city

(Newser) - Last weekend was bloody even by Ciudad Juarez standards. Gunmen killed 41 people in the Mexican city in the 4-day period beginning last Thursday, including 15 people killed in two attacks on bars, and a 10-year-old boy killed during an attack aimed at his father, CNN reports. By comparison, New... More »

Gov. Perry Makes Texas-Sized Geography Mistake

Momentarily places Juarez within the 50 US states

(Newser) - Rest easy, America: The most dangerous US city is ... in Mexico. Or so discovered Texas Gov. Rick Perry after an embarrassing goof yesterday. While talking to reporters about border enforcement, Perry brought up the violence in Mexico, saying, "There have been 34,000 Mexicans killed directly attributable to the... More »

53 Killed in 72 Hours in Ciudad Juarez

City has seen 8 deaths per day this year

(Newser) - The number is a hefty one even for the crime-ridden town of Ciudad Juarez: 53 dead in one of the deadliest 72-hour periods the Mexican city has recently seen. Police tell CNN that 14 were killed on Thursday; 20 on Friday; and 19 on Saturday, including a police officer shot... More »

Gunmen Mow Down 8 in Mexico Bar

7 women, 1 man killed in Ciudad Juarez shooting

(Newser) - Yet more carnage in Ciudad Juarez: Gunman opened fire in a bar in the border city last night, killing seven women and one man. Three other victims are in critical conditions. Investigators suspect the drug cartels battling over the city were behind the attack, AP reports. Elsewhere in Mexico, a... More »

US Teens Killed in Mexico Shooting

Authorities unsure of motive behind the killings

(Newser) - Three teenage boys have been shot and killed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, authorities revealed yesterday, and at least two of them were US high school students in Texas. The boys were killed Saturday afternoon while browsing a car dealership, the AP reports. One was found inside a white Jeep Cherokee,... More »

Gunmen Kill 7 at Mexico Soccer Game

Researcher predicts 5K will be killed in Ciudad Juarez this year

(Newser) - Seven young men were killed when gunmen traveling in three vehicles opened fire on a soccer game in Ciudad Juarez. At least one player was among the dead. Police say they haven't determined a motive for the shooting, which took place at a park opened last year as part of... More »

Football Players Barred From Mexico During Sun Bowl

Too dangerous to cross the border in El Paso, officials warn

(Newser) - Notre Dame and Miami Hurricanes football players have been barred from crossing into Mexico while staying in El Paso for the Sun Bowl. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly even confiscated his team's passports before the Fighting Irish flew to Texas as a precaution, reports AP . Both teams met with police... More »

4 Americans Shot Dead in Mexico

US citizens killed in another bloody weekend for border city

(Newser) - Four American citizens were killed in three separate shooting incidents over the weekend in Ciudad Juarez, Mexican officials say. A 24-year-old El Paso resident was shot dead in a tortilla store; a 26-year-old woman and 15-year-old boy were killed as they crossed an international bridge from El Paso; and a... More »

College Student New Top Cop in Mexican Crime Town

Criminology major hailed as Mexico's bravest woman

(Newser) - Police chiefs in Mexico are kidnapped and murdered with sickening regularity, so who would want to become one in one of the country's most dangerous towns? Step forward, Marisol Valles Garcia. The 20-year-old university criminology student was the only applicant for police chief in the northern Mexican town of Praxedis... More »

After Slayings, Mexico Paper Appeals to Drug Cartels

'Tell us what to publish,' says Juarez newspaper

(Newser) - In a sad sign of how bad things have gotten in Mexico, the biggest newspaper in Ciudad Juarez is asking the drug cartels to basically dictate what the paper covers. After two of its journalists were murdered in less than two years, El Diario de Juarez ran a front-page editorial... More »

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