Club coach killed in shooting in Ciudad Juarez

Club coach killed in shooting in Ciudad Juarez

Published Dec. 18, 2009 9:53 p.m. ET

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.