Fourteen students have been shot dead by gunmen who stormed a house party in the northern Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. Seventeen others were wounded in the attack.
Witnesses say roughly 15 armed men pulled up in sports utility vehicles, burst into the party and opened fire on revellers whose ages ranged from just 15 to 20 years old. The students were celebrating a birthday.
A man who identified himself only as Jorge, the grandfather of one of those killed, wept as he said: “They should let the youngsters study and move forward. They shouldn’t have been killed the way they were killed. My grandson was about to graduate from high school and I have another one who is a little bit older. And the others? What should we do? We bring them up and then someone else comes and just ‘pum.pum, pum’, they massacre them.”
The motive for the killings remains unclear although assassins linked to drug cartels have attacked parties in the city before seeking rival gang members.
More than 15,000 people have died in drug related incidents in the past three years in Mexico.