WUSA9 learned Thursday, gang leaders are recruiting children in elementary school.
“Oh grade-school. They’re recruiting in grade-school but generally 5th grade and on,” said Northern Virginia Regional Task Force Director Jay Lanham. “Even more concerning is the increase in juvenile violent offenders,” he said. They are a prime target for MS-13.
MS-13 is an illegal alien gang. Many are Obama’s DREAMers.
Lanham’s team is aiding the investigation into the gang-related murder of 15-year-old Alexandra Reyes-Rivas, the Montgomery County teen found dead in Springfield, Va. this past weekend.
The murder of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas was a “savage and brutal killing. It was horrific,” said Fairfax County Police Chief Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr. at a news conference Feb. 16 broadcast on Facebook.
She was kidnapped, brought to a park, assaulted and then murdered. Police wouldn’t give details.
Police arrested ten in connection with Rivas’ death: four adults and six teenagers. FOX5 reports “Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas, 18, Springfield, Wilmer A. Sanchez Serrano, 21, Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, and Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, 18” are adults. Another 17-year-old, Venus Iraheta, who has lived in the U.S. for the past ten years—making her a “DREAMer” eligible for amnesty under an Obama executive order—is also in police custody. Police did not identify the other five juveniles. All ten face charges of abduction and gang participation. Rivas and Serrano are charged with murder.
Rivas died on or close to January 8 of upper-body trauma in a “savage, brutal killing,” Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler said. Police reportedly found video evidence of Rivas’ death and declined to name the gang connected to the teenager’s murder, but the mother of the murdered girl gave it away.
According to Maria Reyes, Rivas’ mother, her daughter had gotten involved with the El Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13 in Middle School. She told FOX 5 she is receiving violent threats from gang members “blaming her for the arrests” and is afraid for her own life.
Just last month, hearings started for a 17-year-old student from the same school, who is charged in the gang-related Facebook luring and murder of a New Jersey 22-year-old.
“I can’t give you the name of the schools in Northern Virginia area and primarily in the areas where there is a heavy population, a Latino, because that’s who they tend to prey on,” said Lanham.
He also said, “we can’t arrest our way out of the problem. I mean everyone has to be involved and it starts with the parents.”
We could build the wall and close our borders too!
Police don’t want to scare parents, but investigators also say this is a reality.
Lanham says one of the ‘tells’ to look for is a drastic change in behavior, like a kid who is maybe really into a sport and then all of a sudden changes clothes, friends and starts hating school.
In May, six MS-13 gang members, one pictured above were convicted of three murders in Virginia. The gang members played various roles in the stabbing and dismembering of two men, the fatal shooting of another, and a failed plot to kill a fellow gang member.
The FBI has an anti-gang unit in El Salvador to identify threats from Central America, said Kevin Donovan, a spokesperson with the FBI’s Washington field office. “Much of what they do is funded through extortion. That is a big part of our investigations.”
Donovan said transnational crimes are on the rise in the U.S. and abroad.
The FBI also has several Violent Gang Tasks Forces operating across the country. Read about illegal alien gang members in North Carolina on this link.