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Golden Nuggets: Basketball is the Least of Jorge Gutierrez's Worries This Season

Cal's struggles on the court this season have been nothing in comparison to what Jorge Gutierrez's hometown has gone through in recent years.

"We used to be very friendly, but things changed," Gutierrez said of the city in which he grew up. "It's pretty bad right now. When I was there, it was all good. You could walk around the streets at night.

"It changed (because of) the drug war. Right now it's one of the most dangerous cities or states in the world. Nobody's safe down there."

A total of 34,612 people have died in drug-related killings in Mexico over the past four years since President Felipe Calderon declared an offensive against drug cartels, according to figures released last week by the Mexican government.

In 2010, the killings jumped 60 percent from the previous year to 15,273 deaths. More than half the killings took place in three northern states, including Chihuahua, whose most violent city is the border town Cuidad Juarez.

Gutierrez's family -- parents Fernando and Bertha, two older brothers, grandparents and cousins -- live in the state capital city of Chihauhau, about 200 miles south of Juarez.

Thirteen family members made the 12-hour drive to Tucson, Ariz., to watch Gutierrez and the Golden Bears play the Arizona Wildcats on Jan. 6.

It was the first time Gutierrez had seen his family since May. He got to spend just 30 minutes visiting with them after the game.

"It was really nice," Gutierrez said. "I needed that."

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