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Indictment: MS-13 Cut Heart Out of Rival, 'Medieval-Style'

tattoos are shown from an ms-13 violent gang member
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By    |   Tuesday, 16 July 2019 10:31 PM

Bloodthirsty MS-13 gang members in Los Angeles hacked to death seven people in the past two years, including a rival gang member who was dismembered and had his heart cut out for defacing the gang's graffiti, federal authorities charged Tuesday.

Twenty-two people allegedly affiliated with the gang's Fulton clique in the San Fernando Valley were indicted by a grand jury on racketeering charges that include nearly 200 criminal acts across several states over nine years, the unsealed indictment showed.

The 78-page indictment is the latest move against a gang formed decades ago in Los Angeles and which has become a frequent target for President Donald Trump, who evokes its gory killings in his rhetoric against illegal immigration.

Four people were killed in the Angeles National Forest by members of the Fulton clique wielding machetes, baseball bats, and knives, the indictment alleges. 

Along with a slaying in the Malibu hills and another in Whitsett Fields Park in North Hollywood, the six killings were committed by gang members hoping to gain entry into or advance within the clique's ranks, the indictment charged.

Sixteen of the 22 people indicted are charged in connection with those six slayings, which authorities called so "heinous, cruel, or depraved" the defendants are eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors have not said whether they intend to seek it.

"Taking violent offenders off the street should send a message to MS-13 members and their associates that medieval-style violence and senseless murder will not be tolerated in Los Angeles," said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office, Fox News reported.

All 22 of the alleged MS-13 affiliates are in custody. 

Of the 22 defendants, 19 had entered the United States illegally in the past three or four years, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. Many of their alleged victims had recently come to the country as well, officials said.

"These gang members sought out young victims in their teens and early 20s who were new to this country. Many had recently immigrated from El Salvador and Honduras. They were alone, looking to fit in with others from their native countries," Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. 

"But instead they met their demise quickly at the hands of gang members who preyed upon them."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Seven people died at the hands of bloodthirsty MS-13 gang members in Los Angeles in the past two years, including a rival gang member who was dismembered and had his heart cut out for defacing the gang's graffiti, according to federal authorities.
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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 10:31 PM
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