Staff Sgt. David Booher of the US Air Force was gunned down along with 5 other people in the Amadeus bar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico yesterday. Authorities in the area said the assault looked like that of drug cartels. A seventh victim was injured in the attack.
Booher was assigned to the 49th Fighter Wing's medical unit based out of Holloman Air Force Base, outside Alamogordo, New Mexico. The base is just 90 miles north of Ciudad Juarez. Booher was off duty at the time of the shooting.
I'm sorry to see servicemen like Booher killed and my heart goes out to his family. Being in the medical unit Booher lived his life to help others. Volunteering for the military shows he cared about his country. Now it was all taken away by some violent thugs in a country that's disintegrating.
The US State Department has continued to put out travel advisories for those going to Mexico - and in particular the state of Chihuahua where Ciudad Juarez is located.
There have been 1,900 murders in Ciudad Juarez this year, making it one of the most dangerous cities in the world. In comparison, as of today, just over 900 US service members have been killed in the whole of Afghanistan since 2001 (8 years).
My advice, stop going to Mexico.
Here are some other incidents that have occurred recently in the struggle against corruption in Mexico.
gunmen assassinated an army general recently named police chief of Garcia, a town in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. ...
The attacks raised to 30 the number of homicides in Ciudad Juarez in just four days. The city is one of the world's most violent, with 1,900 people killed in drug-related attacks this year alone.
... Prosecutors later said four men were found dead outside the perimeter wall of Pedro E. Medina Gonzalez primary school in another part of Ciudad Juarez. Classes were in session at the time.
The wall, which abuts the school's playing fields, was pockmarked by bullets. A sign posted on the government-run school's entrance said classes were suspended for security reasons.
In Garcia, gunmen killed police chief Brig. Gen. Juan Arturo Esparza as he drove to the home of town Mayor Jaime Rodriguez, who had reported a threat to his life, the mayor told Mexican media. Four others riding in the car with Esparza were also killed.
In April, an army colonel was shot to death less than three weeks after taking over the local police force in Piedras Negras, a Coahuila city across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.
In August, an ex-general serving as police chief in the northern city of Monclova escaped an assassination attempt that killed three of his bodyguards.
Calderon has acknowledged that corruption permeates Mexican police at all levels. He has deployed tens of thousands of army soldiers and federal police across the country to lead the battle against cartels.
Tipped by: Reader Lone Wolf