5 Americans Killed in Border Violence

By: AP
By: AP

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) - A University of Texas-El Paso
student died from a shooting attack on a car in Ciudad Juarez,
making him the fifth American slain in the violent border city this
week.

Eder Diaz was 23. The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, in an
mail to The Associated Press, says Diaz was attacked Tuesday
evening along with 25-year-old classmate Manuel Acosta.
An investigator told AP that gunmen opened fire on a car in
which the two were traveling.

Acosta was killed at the scene, while Diaz died later at a
Juarez hospital.

UTEP spokesman Steve Lazarin says Diaz was a business major and
Acosta a computer information systems major.

In a recent photograph, shown in the El Paso Times, the two are
shown smiling and high-fiving a car dealership owner as he entered
a classroom for a talk with students.

The consulate said it had not yet confirmed whether Acosta was
also a U.S. citizen. The investigator said he was from Chihuahua's
capital of the same name.

Killings of U.S. citizens are on the rise in Mexico amid a
bloody drug turf war.


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