A woman’s brutal death led police to five illegal aliens who are part of the MS-13 gang and now charged in connection with her June 2016 murder.
Maryland authorities discovered Jenni B. Rivera Lopez’s body in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Annapolis in September, according to the Baltimore Sun, after she had been reported missing on June 28. Rivera Lopez was allegedly beaten to death and buried, after having been brought to the area by Ervin Figueroa, Brenda Argueta, Ronald Mendez Sosa, Darvin Guerra-Zacarias, and Francisco Ramirez-Pena
The five men are all alleged members of a branch of the MS-13 gang, and all now have immigration detainers on them.
According to police, each man had a different role to play in the murder, and two of the men are accused of committing the act. An anonymous source reportedly led police to key evidence in the case, which had gone cold.
According to the Sun:
Anne Arundel County police made the arrests for the killing of Jenni B. Rivera Lopez, 21. Police say she was driven June 24 to a remote spot at or near a youth camp on the outskirts of Annapolis called Camp Barrett.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Rivera Lopez’s death a homicide, and police noted in charging documents that she suffered significant trauma.
Lt. Ryan Frashure, police spokesman, confirmed that investigators believe Rivera Lopez’s death is gang-related but declined to elaborate, citing an ongoing investigation.
U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) placed the detainers on the men after their arrest. “ICE focuses its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” the agency said in a statement.
The five men are being held without bond, according to court records.
Anne Arundel County police have linked three recent killings to gangs. https://t.co/VT9gIi58oV
— Robert Calhoun (@ThreatMitLLC) October 12, 2017
UPDATE: Anne Arundel County Police told ABC2 News Wednesday, that the death of Jenni Rivera Lopez was gang related. https://t.co/K1h4xiln2l
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