Wednesday, November 03, 2010

2010 US-citizen killings in Juárez outpace 2009

The killing of a Bowie High School student Saturday in Juárez adds to the dramatic increase in the number of Americans killed there this year. More than 35 Americans died in Juárez between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31 of this year, while 39 Americans died there in 2008 and 2009 combined, according to U.S. State Department records. Among those killed in October in Juárez were Bowie High School student (Luis) Jose Carlos Araiza, 15, and Joanna Herrera, 27, of Oregon. The two were shot and killed while traveling in a 2001 black BMW sport utility vehicle near the Zaragoza international bridge Saturday about 11:30 a.m., said an official at the U.S. Consulate in Juárez. The official said October was one of the deadliest months for Americans in Juárez since the cartels began to battle for key drug-smuggling corridors in 2008. Twenty Americans were killed in October, the official said...more

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