Two MS-13 gangbangers are under suspicion of the vicious murder of a woman for the sake of a satanic ritual. Now, many are finally taking notice of the deadly gang.
Where are they? Why are they so deadly? What drives them?
Well, to begin, we need to dive into the recent satanic incident. It helps to explain the core dynamics of the mostly Salvadoran gang.
According to Texas police, two US-based El Salvadorian men (18 and 22 years old) kidnapped their 14-year old victim. Then, they sexually abused her and “gave her up” to higher-up gang members as a gift, as reported by The News.
The 14-year-old told police that a fellow female captive questioned a satanic shrine, to which one of the suspects said their deity required a soul. Following this, the girl went missing. The 14-year-old believes the murder victim was her fellow captive, who was called Genesis. A body was discovered on a roadside with fatal gunshot wounds.
While charges were read against the young men, they smiled and waved to news cameras.
If convicted of the murder, it would certainly be a heinous footnote on an already-long list of crimes that the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang has committed.
MS-13 remains in the news for its alleged wicked crimes — brutal killings of students in Long Island over the course of three years, or machete and baseball attacks against two girls in suburban California.
The gang originated in Los Angeles, Calif., but spread to other parts of the U.S., along with Canada, Mexico and Central America. Many gang members, however, are Salvadorans.
They first emerged in the 1980s following the Central American civil wars of the decade, in an effort to protect Salvadoran immigrants from other vicious gangs.
Some members of the gang have been deported from the U.S., which could have directly shored up their operations in these other nations. Some estimates, dating back to around 2009, placed MS-13 at 30,000 to 50,000 members strong (internationally), according to a FBI report accessible on fbi.gov.