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Man Arrested in Consulate Slayings

The killings of three peopled linked to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua rocked the nation last month. Now, a Google News report highlights that an arrest in this case has been made.

According to police spokesman Enrique Torres, the consulate shooting suspect arrested was a member of the Barrio Azteca gang. This gang is said to be working for the Juarez drug cartel on both sides of the border.

The man’s name has not yet been released, yet a Chihuahua state investigator who spoke on condition of anonymity identified the suspect as Ricardo Valles de la Rosa, 45.

Lesley A. Enriquez, a Consulate employee, and her husband, Arthur H. Redelfs, were killed on March 13 in Juarez when gunmen riddled their sport utility vehicle with bullets. The couple had just left a birthday party and had their seven-month old daughter in the back of the vehicle at the time of their deaths.

Another individual was also gunned down that day, Jorge Alberto Salcido, the husband of a Mexican employee of the Consulate, became a victim in a separate event in a different vehicle.

The Barrio Azteca was originally a Texas prison gang, but eventually expanded across the Rio Grande into Juarez in the late 1990s. El Paso police and Texas state troopers last week arrested 25 people in a sweep of suspected gang members.

Just across the border from El Paso, Texas, Cuidad Juarez has become one of the world’s deadliest places. More than 2,600 people were killed last year alone and another 500 so far this year have been slain in the city of 1.3 million.

Drug-related violence in Mexico has claimed 17,900 lives since President Felipe Calderon outwardly declared war on the drug gangs when he took office in December 2006.

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