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, secondo i documenti del tribunale.

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 volte “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, secondo il Dipartimento di Giustizia.