Two members of the notoriously bloodthirsty MS-13 gang have pleaded guilty and been jailed for the brutal murder of a 15-year-old girl in an alleged “satanic ritual”.
Diego Hernandez-Rivera, 22, who goes by the name of ‘Scary’ and Miguel Alvarez-Flores, 26, who goes by ‘Diabolico’ both laughed and waved at cameras when their trial in Texas first started.
Prosecutors said their young victim, Genesis Cornejo, had angered the pair of twisted killers by insulting a shrine to Satan – which they are believed to have worshipped, ABC reports.
Hernandez-Rivera then made a peace offering to the figure in the form of a cigarette.
But he returned and “told the entire group the beast did not want a material offering – it wanted a soul,” according to state District Judge Maria Jackson.
Genesis’s body was discovered on a road in Houston with close range gunshot wounds to the head and chest.
Rivera was the one who shot the victim, according to court documents.
It’s believed the girl had been sexually assaulted and forced to take drugs after she was kidnapped by the gangsters.
Kim Ogg, District Attorney, said: “This is a tragic case of a runaway girl falling into the clutches of a dangerous and violent gang.
“We will not stop in our pursuit of violent criminals who band together to terrorise communities and murder innocents.”
Hernandez-Rivera also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
He received a 12 year sentence for this, which will run concurrently to his conviction for murder.
The gang MS-13 originated in Los Angeles, California, but members are mainly from El Salvador in Central America.
They are known for intense tattoos all over their faces and bodies and are believed to be involved in people trafficking, contract killings and drug smuggling.
It has roots all across the US and central America.
Top officials collaborated across the case – including the FBI, Houston Police Department, and Texas Criminal Justice Office.
It was prosecuted by the Gangs Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.