Club coach killed in shooting in Ciudad Juarez

An assistant football coach of Mexico first-division team Indios

was shot to death in the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez,

where 2,400 people have been killed this year – most in

drug-related violence.

The body of Pedro Picasso was found early Friday in a shop

that sells cellular telephones, said Jacinto Segura, a spokesman

for the local prosecutor’s office. He gave no motive for the

shooting in which a second unidentified person also died from

gunshot wounds.

Picasso, 34, coached Indios de Ciudad Juarez youth teams

since 2005.

“The Indios family is at a loss to express its outrage,” the

club said in a statement. “The situation has reached unforgivable

levels. … He was a good, decent man. Pedro Picasso Garcia was

snatched away by violence in the most vile way only known to

cowards.”

While there’s no definitive comparison of murder rates in

cities around the world, there’s no question Ciudad Juarez is among

the deadliest. The dead this year in the city across the border

from El Paso, Texas, include university professors, an honor

student and waiters caught in the crossfire when their customers

were shot. At least one hospital emergency room has been the scene

of an assault.

Indios brought some good news seven months ago to Ciudad

Juarez when the club reached the semifinals of Mexico’s

first-division playoffs before losing to Pachuca.