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MS-13 gang violence in the spotlight as thugs stand trial for murders across America

March 6, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
MS-13 gang violence in the spotlight as thugs stand trial for murders across America

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The El Salvadorian criminal gang MS-13, which saw two of its members display revolting grins in court after the “satanic” abduction and murder of two female teens in Houston, is thought to have between 10,000 and 20,000 members across the U.S.

MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, is believed to work in 46 states, according to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania.

The group is alleged to be responsible for a series of killings and violent crimes, although the precise figures are unknown.

Last week, thirteen members, ten of whom are the U.S. illegally, were arrested in connection with seven murders in Long Island over the past year.

According to the Daily Mail, the latest deaths have shed light on the decades of evil perpetrated by the group – and the fear of those living among it – which sees female members initiated by being gang raped.

The group was started nearly 20 years ago in Los Angeles after millions of immigrants from El Salvador came to the United States after a violent civil war left over 100,000 dead

The MS-13 is the only criminal organization in the U.S. to be identified as “transnational” by the FBI and works by the motto of “Kill, Rape, Control,” according to Massachusetts Attorney Carmen Ortiz.

The group was started almost 20 years ago in Los Angeles after millions of immigrants from El Salvador came to the U.S. after a bloody civil war killed over 100,000 people.

The gang has since expanded all over the country, and are known extensively as the best killers – due to their extremely brutal weapon of choice, a machete.

Previously, two of their most notable murders include stabbing to a federal witness to death in 2004 and severing the hands off of a 16-year-old boy in 2005.

Miguel Alvarez-Flores (right) smiles and waves at news cameras in Houston court on Wednesday, as the gang leader, known as ‘Diabolico’ and his partner 18-year-old Diego Hernandez-Rivera (left) faced charges of aggravated kidnapping and murder

Additionally, two young girl’s killed in Long Island, NY, Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, were beaten with bats and cut with machetes so severely that their remains were unrecognizable. Both victims attended Brentwood High School.

On Wednesday, gang head Miguel Angel Alvarez-Flores, 22, who also goes by the nickname “Diabolico,” and 18-year-old Diego Alexan Hernandez-Rivera appeared in court in Houston where they laughed, grinned, and waved to cameras as they were facing charges of murder and aggravated kidnapping.

Prosecutors said the two abducted a 14-year-old Genesis Lizbeth Cornejo after she left school around February 2nd, holding her hostage in an apartment where gang members raped her.

Police added that she was held against her will for two weeks, given drugs and alcohol to keep her disoriented, and was continuously sexually assaulted.

She also said she was forced down while Flores tattooed a giant grim reaper on her body from her knee to her foot as part of a Satanic ritual before murdering her.

Genesis Lizbeth Cornejo, 15, disappeared on January 19 from Jersey Village

The gang works by targeting children as young as 8-years-old in urban neighborhoods that are heavily populated with Central American immigrants.

They use an elaborate system of identifying at-risk youths, usually who have complicated home lives, to target, exploit, and turn them into gang members.

Those who join the gang must first be “jumped in,” which includes a brutal beating for 13 seconds by gang members.

To build respect from fellow gang members, new inductees are encouraged to execute ‘Chavalas’ – who are enemies of MS-13 and often rival gang member

If the inductee survives, then they will be welcomed with “open arms.”

To gain respect from fellow members, new inductees are encouraged to execute “Chavalas” – who are enemies of MS-13 and are often rival gang members.

In the case of the two Brentwood girls, Robert L. Capers, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said that Kayla Cuevas had been “feuding” with gang associates at school and on social media.

Reward posters forvNisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, from Long Island, New York. The teens were ambushed by a carload of other teens on September 13 and killed. Thirteen members of the MS-13 gang were arrested on Thursday in connection with the slayings

It’s likely that they viewed her as a Chavala and an outlet for revenge – as well as an opportunity for a new member to prove their loyalty.

Women can also be initiated into the gang by being jumped in or “sexed in,” which carries a lower status.

Being “sexed in” involves being raped by every member of the gang until they are satisfied.

Many girls who experience this horrific torture end up prostituting themselves for the group across the country, according to Brenda Paz, who worked as an informant for the FBI.

She provided first-hand insight to police in the early 2000’s that contributed a better understanding of their network of operations.

After she was exposed as a “rat,” she was fatally stabbed on the alleged orders of her ex-lover Dennis Rivera, who was an incarcerated former leader. She was 17 years old and four months pregnant. He was later acquitted of the crime.

Over a dozen gang members were arrested in connection with seven murders on Long Island

MS-13 has also allegedly been hired by El Chapo to help in his drug war and low-level distribution.

Other information indicates that MS-13 and other Central American groups have tried to expand their drug routes through collaborations with Mexican cartels like Los Zetas and the Sinaloa drug cartel.

In addition to their deadly presence in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, MS-13 is also firmly rooted in their native El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Long Island, New York, and in particular Brentwood, seems to be receiving the brunt of MS-13’s violent force.

Brenda Paz was a criminal informant for the FBI. She gave first-hand insight to authorities that allowed a better understanding of MS-13’s complex operations

Eleven gang murders in Suffolk County last year alone were connected to MS-13.

Tensions have reached a breaking point between parents and school administrators, as the recent killings of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas have ravaged the already gang-torn area.

They are concerned that the increase of illegals from across the country’s borders have indeed taken in a new wave of violent members.

For El Salvadorian natives in Brentwood, it brings back old feelings of fear from the country’s civil war that led to their immigration two decades ago.

One woman who wished to remain anonymous told the New York Times: “It makes me feel bad that people think this of all Salvadorans. Violence was the reason I left — when they killed my brother. And now we are experiencing the same violence.”

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