5 MS-13 gang members convicted in brutal killing, 'chopping' of 2 teen Virginia boys

Elmer Zelaya Martinez, 31; Ronald Herrera Contreras, 24; Henry Zelaya Martinez, 28; Pablo Velasco Barrera, 24; and Duglas Ramirez Ferrera, 25, of El Salvador plotted to kidnap and kill both a 17-year-old boy from Falls Church whom they wrongly suspected of being in a rival gang and 14-year-old boy from Alexandria whom they wrongly suspected of being a police informant in August 2016, de acuerdo con los registros judiciales.

The gang members lured both boys into Holmes Run Stream Valley Park on August 28 of that year under the pretense that they would be attending a gang meeting in the woods.

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They restrained, attacked and killed the 17-year-old by stabbing him multiple times andchoppinghis body more than 100 veces “with knives, machetes, and a pickaxebefore stuffing him into a pre-dug hole — breaking one of the boy’s legs in the process to fit his remains inside, according to the Justice Department.