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Juárez Mayor: 'We are not Most Dangerous City'

Monday, May 30, 2011 |

By Marisela Ortega Lozano
El Paso Times

Five people were gunned down in Juárez on Friday, the day before the mayor declared that Juárez is no longer the most dangerous city in Mexico.

Chihuahua state prosecutors said two men in their late 30s were ambushed while riding in a gray 2000 Pontiac Grand AM without license plates at Aeronáutica Street and Panamerican Highway.

In the northern part of the city, across from New Mexico, a man was shot to death Friday afternoon in the grocery store he owned, officials said. José Gómez Marín, 36, was attacked in his store at La Conquista and Hipocampo streets in Anapra.

In another incident, a man in his mid-30s was shot to death in the middle of a street late Friday, authorities said. The victim was found at General Máximo Castillo and Caridad Bravo Adams streets.

Also Friday night, a man in his mid-20s was found dead at Libertad and Ignacio Ronquillo streets near downtown, officials said.

As of Friday, 843 people had been killed in the city this year.

Juárez Mayor Héctor Murguía declared Saturday in a written statement: "We are not the most violent and dangerous city in the country anymore, but we are holding the fourth place. It doesn't mean setting all the bells ringing, though."

He did not say what other areas of Mexico have become more dangerous.

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3 Borderland Beat Comments:

DFL said...

843 murders since January? Sounds safe to me. Okay folks, you the people of Juarez, you heard it from the mayor himself. Its come home time. Your city is pacified and is now safe to return to. Pack up that car you came here in and head home. Your city is once again a great place to live!! Thanks for coming- now go home and be good!!!

Anonymous said...

So, basically, according to the Mayor, Juarez has moved from the #1 slot (dangerous city) to the #4 slot. What a joke..when your talking about world rankings, as it applies to "the most dangerous city" anything in the top ten is pretty fucking bad! I understand him wanting to improve the city's reputation but geezus..his approach is pretty comical.

Ardent said...

Juarez is bad, but I can think easily of another 20 cities much more dangerous than Juarez around the globe. No wonder the city's citizens get pissed off by this mislabeling of being somehow the world's worst. Many of the polls and lists made up are just plain stupid. Thank god that BB hasn't made up any 'lists' so far.

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