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Gunmen Kill 17 at Gay Party In Mexico

Jim Burroway

July 19th, 2010

In one of the worst single-incident killings in Mexico’s drug war, gunmen opened fire at a party in the northern Mexican city of Torreon, killing 17 men and women and injuring another 18. Officials counted 122 spent shells from assault rifles.

“The party was ongoing … when gunmen arrived in several vehicles, disembarked and, without uttering a word to those in attendance, opened fire,” Jesus Torres, state attorney general, said in a statement. The assailants fled.

The party was organized by a gay group and was being held at the Italia Inn in Torreon, Coahuila. The event was organized via facebook, and was “open to all.” Investigators suspect drug traffickers were behind the massacre. The northern city of Torreon has become a drug smuggling transfer point for entry into the U.S.

Coahuila, a mostly rural state which shares a border with Texas, passed a civil unions bill in 2007, becoming the only state outside of Mexico City to do so.