Sunday evening a group of six gunmen fired on several youths playing soccer in a community center in the Francisco I. Madero neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez, killing seven individuals and leaving at least a half dozen wounded, three of them in critical condition.
According to eyewitnesses the six gunmen entered the enclosed pitch where 12 youths were preparing to play a game of “futbol rapido”, a form of soccer played on a roughly basketball size court with six player teams.
The “sicarios” pointed their guns at the players, apparently seeking a street level drug dealer who was on the court and shot him first, then opened fire on the other players and the dozens of spectators that had gathered to watch the game.
Three youths died at the scene, and four others died of their wounds in an area hospital.
Some of the spectators were injured, including a 12-year-old girl who was shot in the foot.
Police investigators recovered around 180 empty cartridges fired by the attackers.
The unintended bitter sarcasm of a government slogan was painted above the goal, over the body of one of the dead players. It read "Para vivir mejor" (to live better).
After the shooting, the scene was chaotic as distraught parents searched for their children, and outbursts of grief and rage were overwhelming.
Monday morning at 11:00 AM , three other males, a 52 year old, a twenty year old and a 15 year old were executed, a short distance from the previous night’s massacre. As their bodies lay on the street their distraught relatives and neighbors gathered helplessly.
Another normal day in Juarez was only half over.
El Agora: Iban por narcomenudistas en matanza de jovenes.
Diario de Juarez: Asesinan a otros tres metros de la cancha….