followed One by one, the victims were lured to remote locations, an abandoned building in downtown Los Angeles, an empty rooftop in Hollywood, a quiet park in the San Fernando Valley.
Each was accused of a transgression against the notorious MS-13 street gang. Each would meet ends in a manner federal investigators described as “medieval.”
In one case, court records show, a 16-year-old boy was lured to a canyon and beaten to death in 2017. His body went undiscovered for so long that his remains wound up charred in a wildfire, in line with coroner’s data. Earlier that year, another man suspected of defacing an MS-13 graffiti tag was kidnapped and dragged into Angeles National Forest. Six gang members reduce him apart with machetes, in response to prosecutors, who alleged that one reduces out his heart.
The bizarre slayings were among seven Los Angeles-area murders linked to the Fulton clique of MS-13 in the last two years, in response to an indictment unsealed Tuesday that charged 22 members of the gang, most of them in connection with first-degree murder and racketeering.
The sweeping, 78-page on internet indictment marks the latest salvo between California law enforcement and the notorious gang, which was formed decades ago in Los Angeles and has recently escalated its violent techniques to increase its power, investigators stated.
MS-13 has also turn out to be a bogeyman used by President Trump to justify stronger immigration enforcement by linking the issue to crime.
Nineteen of the 22 defendants charged in the indictment had entered the country illegally in the last four years, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. Several of the victims described in the indictment have also been new arrivals to the U.S. from Central America, officials stated.