August 29, 2005

U.S. Marine shot dead in Mexican border city

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine was shot dead in the
crime-ridden Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez in the early hours
of Monday morning, a U.S. official said.

Mexican media named the soldier as Herbert Galvan, 23, a
sergeant, who was shot apparently during an argument with the
driver of a vehicle that sped away.

Chihuahua state's attorney general, Patricia Gonzalez, told
the United States that authorities would "pursue vigorously
those responsible," the U.S. official said.

Violent crime is common in Ciudad Juarez, across from El
Paso, Texas, where drug trafficking gangs are based.

More than 300 women have been murdered in the city since
1993 in a systematic killing spree that has largely gone