Duke City Family Warned Slain Relative Not To Travel There
Authorities said the death toll in Juarez and other parts of Mexico increases on a daily basis.
Drug cartels in Mexico are fighting and often shoot anyone in their path -- and one local family said they lost a relative because of it.
According to some reports, more than 1,000 people have been killed in Chihuahua, Mexico since the beginning of this year. Now, the violence has hit home for one Duke City family.
"My brother was the joker of the family. He was really happy all the time," the victim's sister, Carmen Alcantar, said.
Alcantar said her brother, Miguel, had a girlfriend and a 2-year-old daughter in Chihuahua. Despite warnings from his family, Miguel went to see them last week.
"We've always told him not to go down there and that he should perhaps get his family here," Alcantar said.
Alcantar said her brother was sitting outside at a friend's house when the gunfire began.
"Two cars drove up beside him and there were two others with him in the vehicle. They took out their machine guns and they were masked men," Alcantar said.
She said her brother was shot several times and died.
"The government in Mexico should do a lot more to try and stop this violence because a lot of innocent people are dying," Miguel's brother, Isidore Alcantar, said.
The Alcantar family said even though the violence seems so far away, they want New Mexicans to be cautious.
"Especially here in Albuquerque, a lot of us have Hispanic roots, family and so it effects us all," Carmen Alcantar said.
"I don't want to see anybody in our shoes and what we are going through," Isidore Alcantar said.
The Alcantars said altogether, three other people were killed with their brother. One was a school teacher.
Miguel Alcantar has two daughters, a 24-year-old in Las Vegas and the 2-year-old who still lives in Chihuahua.