A member of the MS-13 gang testified on Thursday that he and a group of men lured an 18-12 months-outdated to his loss of life, shedding gentle on the criminal offense and presenting a revealing seem into how the brutal gang operates in the D.C. place.
Carlos Otero-Henriquez was noted lacking from his residence in Leesburg, Virginia, on May 23, 2016. Eleven times later, the youthful man’s overall body was identified in an open field in Jefferson County, West Virginia, about 25 miles away. He experienced been stabbed 50 occasions.
On Thursday, MS-13 member Miguel Gomez testified about the criminal offense in chilling depth in federal court docket in Alexandria. Obviously unpleasant in his function as a witness for the prosecution, Gomez sunk reduced in the witness stand and usually hung his head.
But he sent for prosecutors. Just one by a person, he discovered his fellow gang associates.
Gomez reported that on the evening of Saturday, May 21, 2016, the gang associates lured Otero-Henriquez by telling him they ended up likely to a bash.
As a substitute, they drove him to a quarry close to Harpers Ferry and circled him. They believed he was a member of the rival 18th Road Gang.
The leader, nicknamed Demon, gave the coded command to the group to “gentle the cigar,” Gomez reported.
The assault started.
“I took the knife and stabbed him 3 occasions,” Gomez reported.
Then, Demon told Gomez to move all around the knife, Gomez testified.
Four of the men took turns stabbing Otero-Henriquez a overall of 50 occasions.
Then, they dumped his overall body in a ravine.
The men drove to a dwelling in Leesburg, where they showered and burned their garments in the hearth.
The moment the gang associates cleaned up, they held a assembly, Gomez testified.
“He requested us a person by a person how we felt,” he reported Demon requested.
“What did you say?” a prosecutor requested Gomez.
“We felt superior,” he replied.
Demon experienced an instruction for every single member of the group: Every man need to kill 3 a lot more rival gang associates in the subsequent 3 months, so they could shift up in rank to homeboy,” Gomez reported.
On the avenue, Gomez’ cooperation with law enforcement would mark him for loss of life. Guiding bars, he hopes it will convey a reduction to his everyday living sentence.