Violent Salvadorian gang MS-13 has claimed another life in Virginia. Police recently charged two adults and three 17-year-olds — including four illegals — with the brutal gang-related death of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas:
Police say a total of four adults and six teenagers were arrested in connection with Rivas’ murder, and they were all charged with abduction and gang participation.
The four adults charged have been identified by police as Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas, 18, Springfield, Wilmer A. Sanchez Serrano, 21, Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, and Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, 18.
ICE has lodged detainers for all four adult suspects in this case, which means they are either here in the country illegally or they violated the terms of their legal status in the U.S. It also means that they are requesting that Fairfax County notify ICE before these people are released.
The medical examiner determined that Rivas died from multiple forms of trauma to her upper body. Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler called it a “savage, brutal killing.”
MS-13 originated in El Salvador and has been present in the Washington, D.C. area since the 1990s. According to Jay Lanham, director of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, MS-13 is a particularly brutal illegal gang:
“Their weapons of choice are handguns, knives and machetes and that has been that way for a long time. Sometimes their murders tend to be very brutal. You can imagine someone using a machete on another person. So I don’t think we see anything along the lines of a ritual. Sometimes they may want to make a statement with the brutality of the crime.”
According to a Department of Homeland Security official, 18- and 19-year-old gang members work to recruit younger children to carry out crimes because “they are aware charges are less serious for juveniles.”