Three members of the El-Salvadorian Gang, MS-13, have been arrested in Virginia after being connected to the murder of a 17-year-old girl, who was missing, and whose body turned up on the side of a road.
Victor A. Rodas, 19, Jose Corea-Ventura, 21, and Lasandro A. Vasquez, 24, of Maryland were all in the country entirely illegally, all known to be members of MS-13. The three have been charged with the murder of Raymond Wood, a 17-year-old Virginia teenager.
A specialist said the death was likely narcotics related, it probably wasn’t just a random murder.
Corea-Ventura was already wanted on a murder charge and taken to prison, while the other two were determined to be illegal aliens, and all three are awaiting trial to see what happens. They will likely be deported.
MS-13 deaths have been rising in the Northeast, with several recent gruesome murders making headlines. The group has strongholds in the U.S. and Canada, and of course its home base of El Salvador, making them one of the most dangerous gangs out there.
The Daily Mail reports:
According to the statement, deputies contacted US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tuesday morning.
Shortly after contacting ICE, the Sheriff’s Office learned that there was a report of a missing 17-year-old teenager from Lynchburg, who was later identified as Raymond Wood.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Medical Examiner identified the body found as Wood, who was reported missing a day before.
The same day, a Bedford County resident called the police to report that two Hispanic males approached him and asked him to make a call for them with his cell phone.
A small sports car, driven by a Hispanic male, showed up and picked the two males up, according to the resident.
Authorities immediately put out a description of the car, which led deputies to find it on Rte 221. The vehicle was occupied by three Hispanic males.
Two of the three occupants in the car, including Corea-Ventura, who is wanted for a murder in Maryland, were determined to be illegal aliens, police said.
ICE arrived at Bedford County and detained Rodas and Vasquez and transported them to Roanoke City Jail.
Corea-Ventura was taken to Blue Ridge Regional Jail and held on the Maryland murder charge. The driver of the vehicle was not detained.
In addition to their lethal presence in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, MS-13 is also firmly rooted in their home of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Here in the US, Long Island, specifically Brentwood, seems to be receiving the brunt of MS-13’s deadly force. Eleven gang killings in Suffolk County last year alone were attributed to MS-13.