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Mexico mourns casino victims

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 01:19

Aug. 28 - The family of one of 52 people killed in an armed attack on a Monterrey casino blame the Mexican government for failing to protect its people. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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Mexican families mourn one of 52 victims killed during an attack on a Monterrey casino. With a mariachi band playing in the background, they said goodbye to Eduardo Martinez, who was trapped in the casino when armed men set it on fire. Many blamed the government for failing to stem increasing violence in the country's richest city and nationwide. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EDUARDO MARTINEZ'S BROTHER, EDILBERTO MARTINEZ SAYING: "There is impotence with security against so much violence. Now we are not at peace, not at home, not in the street, not in our work, nowhere." The victim's mother called on the government to hand power to someone who can maintain order and protect the people. Many suspect organized crime gangs are behind the daytime assault, but no arrests have been made. Authorities have offered more than $2 million to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. Mexico's escalating drug war has killed 42,000 people since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters

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Mexico mourns casino victims

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 01:19