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Thursday, November 5, 2009

El Pasoan among 4 shot to death outside school

By Adriana Gómez Licón
El Paso Times

One of the four men killed execution-style in Juárez was from El Paso, Chihuahua state police said Thursday.

Edgar René Ochoa, 24, of the 11700 block of Kingdom Avenue, died early Wednesday afternoon in a hail of bullets. Gunmen lined up Ochoa and three other men outside an elementary school, then fired at least 60 shots at them, police said.

Ochoa's family declined comment.

Mexican authorities said Ochoa was arrested in 2005 for possession of marijuana.

The other men executed were identified Thursday as 21-year-old Gustavo Antonio Jaquez Guevara of Cuencamé, Durango, and Victor Ricardo Se pulveda Rodriguez, 17, and Ma nuel Hermosillo Garcia, 25.

The schoolyard shootings occurred in the El Campanario neighborhood in south Juárez.

Forty homicides have been committed in Juárez during the first five days of November. The city has had 2,100 killings this year.

In one of the latest cases, three men were shot and killed Thursday afternoon while driving near the Juárez bus terminal, police said. The victims have not been identified.

One driver, 25, and a passenger, 40, were traveling in a Ford Expedition about 1 p.m., and were targeted by the shooters, police said.

The third man, approximately 30 years old, was shot and killed while driving a Nissan Sentra. He appeared to be a bystander, police said.

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