Boston, MA - Six alleged members of the criminal organization “La Mara Salvatrucha,” or “MS-13,” were indicted for racketeering and have been charged in connection to the murder of a teenager in Massachusetts. The indictment occurred in Boston federal court.
Five of the six members mentioned of participated in the murder of a teenage boy. The murder occurred in Lynn, Massachusetts, on or around July 30, 2018.
The indictment charges fell on the following members of MS-13:
- Erick Lopez Flores, age 29
- Henri Salvador Gutierrez, age 19
- Eliseo Vaquerano Canas, age 19
- Jonathan Tercero Vanes, age 21
- Marlos Reyes, age 22
- Djavier Duggins, age 29
The sixth person that was indicted in court yesterday is an unnamed juvenile. He has been charged and all matters are to remain confidential regarding this person.
Duggins was arrested yesterday and is to appear in federal court on November 29, 2018. The other five accused are currently detained and will appear in federal court within the upcoming days.
According to court documents, the dead body of the teenager was found on August 2, 2018, at the Henry Avenue Playground located in Lynn, Massachusetts. A civilian had found the body in the wooded area of the park. Once the police arrived on scene, it was determined that the body had been there for quite a few days already.
Lopez, Salvador, Reyes, Tercero, and Vaquerano allegedly murdered the victim with extreme cruelty. The evidence provided in the court case includes a recording of Salvador describing the murder in graphic detail. Included in the recording was how all men stabbed the victim several times. Lopez assisted in the murder. The recording suggested that Duggins was the leader of the group.
The victim was targeted due to the gang’s assumption of his being in contact with law enforcement.
According to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, MS-13 is an extremely violent group of men that commit senseless acts of crime. Their goal is to instill fear into people and remain in complete control.
Massachusetts mission is to dismantle MS-13 as soon as possible.