In the deadliest attack the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez has seen since Sept. 2009, fifteen young people between the ages of 15 and 20 were murdered when a group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on the house where they were celebrating a friend's birthday.
More than twelve armed gunmen sealed off the street and opened fire on the house, 13 were dead upon the arrival of police and two more died after being taken to the hospital. Chihuahua State authorities have indicated that they were unable to determine a motive for the mass killing. But the violence seemed to be indicative of the escalating drug violence that has ravaged the border city for years. Family members of the victims have indicated that they believe there must have been a case of mistake identity at fault for the attack.
Neighbors and family told local newspaper El Diario de Juárez that the students had gathered on Saturday evening to celebrate with friends before the violence broke out. People in the vicinity immediately dialed emergency services as soon as the shooting began, but no police showed up until after the gunmen fled.
A family member of a victim named Hector, who would only share his first name because of fear of retribution, told the Associated Press, "I think there was some confusion," he said. "We're seeking justice."