A man murdered by the notorious MS-13 street gang was stabbed more than 100 times, before being decapitated and having his heart ripped from his chest and buried alongside him.
The grisly details of the man’s death were revealed in the trial of 19-year-old Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, who has been charged with first degree murder.
According to court documents, Lopez-Abrego was one of ten gang members who lured the victim to the park in Wheaton, Maryland, where his body was discovered in September.
It is alleged that Lopez-Abrego helped to dig the victim’s grave and also used a walkie-talkie to alert the other gang members to his arrival.
A police informant also claims that Lopez-Abrego was the first to attack the victim, stabbing him with a 15-inch knife.
The informant reportedly led police to the grave on 5 September and ‘detailed the choking, stabbing, decapitating and dismembering of the victim’s body’.
Police are yet to identify the victim, but describe him as a Hispanic male who is approximately 5ft 2 inches tall. He had short, dark brown hair and a missing lower tooth.
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The MS-13 gang originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s and are now one of the most feared gangs in America after spreading to countries including El Salvador and Mexico.
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump vowed to ‘destroy’ the gang in a typically fiery speech, describing them as ‘animals’.
‘Together we’re going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities and we’re going to destroy the vile, criminal cartel MS-13 and many other gangs’, he said.