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More Than 20 California-Based MS-13 Gang Members Arrested And Charged In Series Of Gruesome Machete Killings That Took Place In Angeles National Forest

On Monday, federal and local authorities announced 22 MS-13 gang members had been charged with numerous murders, including several slayings in which victims were “hacked to death” in the Angeles National Forest in California.

Breaking 911 reports:

A 12-count indictment unsealed Monday afternoon alleges that members and associates of the gang murdered seven people over the last two years. The indictment charges gang leaders who allegedly authorized and coordinated the murders. Also charged are gang members who allegedly murdered and attempted to murder rival gang members, those who were perceived to be cooperating with law enforcement, and, in one instance, a homeless man who was temporarily living in a park controlled by the gang.

The indictment focuses on a particularly violent subset of the gang known as the Fulton clique, which operates in the San Fernando Valley and has recently seen an influx of young immigrants from Central America. Under the influence of these young gangsters, younger associates who wanted to become members of MS-13 were “required to kill an MS-13 rival or someone perceived to be adverse to MS-13 to be initiated into MS-13,” according to the indictment.

In one particularly gruesome murder, several MS-13 gang members targeted a rival who was believed to have “defaced” some graffiti in their territory. The rival member was reportedly kidnapped and taken to an isolated location in the Angeles National Forest. The MS-13 members then proceeded to attack the man with machetes and finally dismembered him. After one of the defendants brutally cut the victim’s heart out, the rest of his body parts were thrown into a nearby canyon.

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