The Associated Press reports that two additional suspects have been arrested in Rockville, Maryland for the murder of an unidentified victim who was stabbed more than 100 times. The body had also been decapitated and dismembered, and the heart cut out and thrown in a shallow grave with the rest of the body.
Doris Giron-Jimenez, 24, and Albaro Rosa-Moreno, 22, are both being charged with first degree murder and were arrested this week. Also charged in the murder is Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, who was arrested last month. Police believe the murder is linked to the MS-13 gang.
It is believed the victim was murdered some time between December 2016 and March 2017. Detectives received information that the murder was committed by Lopez-Abrego and Rosa-Moreno, and Giron-Jimenez was an accomplice.
Police told ABC7 News that the victim was a Hispanic male with short, dark brown hair. He was 5’2” and 126 pounds, and was missing a lower tooth. Police also believe he was from Annapolis, and was wearing a gray sweatshirt with “First United Methodist Church Laurel” at the time of his death.
The MS-13 gang is an international crime gang that began in L.A. in the 80s. Most of its members are Central American, are covered in tattoos and use their own sign language. They are known for their violent crimes across the U.S. and have a heavy presence in Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, California, Charlotte, North Carolina, Houston, New Jersey and Toronto, Canada.
The most revered members of the gang among other members have been recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico as part of the fight in the ongoing drug wars there. MS-13’s activities have caused the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to investigate its members and movements, leading to many arrests across the country. The FBI currently has a task force dedicated to investigating crimes committed by the gang’s members.
MS-13 is short for Mara Salvatrucha, and was originally started in Los Angeles by immigrants from El Salvador. The gang is thought to be heavily involved in smuggling in Mexico, human trafficking and even child prostitution.
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