After reading this story, I have to say I had mixed feelings about the whole situation. In most of these MS-13 killings, it seems that there is a victim not directly related to the gang itself, but in this case, the mother of the dead boy said they had escaped from El Salvador to escape the gang, yet somehow they connected with him. He seemed to want to make a better life for himself but ended up as a sort of sacrificial lamb.
Maryland police say five MS-13 gang members stabbed one of their own 100 times and drove the body to Virginia where they set it on fire.
His body was found dumped on the side of the road in Stafford, Va., March 9.
Police in Prince George’s County said in a news release that the teen was killed in a home 60 miles away in Landover Hills, Md., that belonged to the leader of a Virginia MS-13 clique.
Cops charged the clique leader Jose Ordonez-Zometa, 29, with participating in the murder.
The other suspects and Pineda-Chicas drove to Ordonez-Zometa’s home for a meeting March 8, police said.
“To hear somebody was stabbed 100 times, per the medical examiner, pretty much speaks for itself how violent the attack would have been,” Maj. Brian Reilly said Friday at a news conference.
He said investigators still don’t know why Pineda-Chicas was targeted for death by his friends.
NBC 4 Washington reported speaking on Thursday to Pineda-Chicas’ mother who said her son was being threatened after saying he didn’t want to be an MS-13 gang member anymore.
The woman, who was not identified, told the station that when his gang pals accused him of talking to cops, they threatened to kill his family. He told them to kill him instead.
The victim's mother said when gang members accused him of talking to police they threatened to kill his family and he told them to kill him instead. https://t.co/jzquCSJpan
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) March 15, 2019
Source: Fox News
The story doesn’t say anything that I could see about the status of the family other than that they are in the USA. Whether or not they were here legally isn’t mentioned either. We also don’t see any comment about the presence or absence of his father.
The worst part of the whole thing is that taken at face value it sounds as if this boy wanted to break free and make a better life for himself and his family. He showed that he loved his family more than his own life, and took the hit to protect them. I would like to believe that he intended to pursue becoming a citizen through the legal process that is laid out for all immigrants. Now we’ll never know.
My book is here! And I personally handed a copy to our President at the White House!!! I hope you enjoy it
Follow David on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Patreon and YouTube @DavidJHarrisJr