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5 Alleged MS-13 Gang Members Indicted

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Five alleged members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, or MS-13, were indicted on murder, assault and robbery charges on Monday.

Jose Alvarenga and Hector Torres were charged with the murder of 15-year-old Christopher Hamilton in 2009 and the murder of Rigoberto Gomez in 2010. Both homicides took place in Brentwood.

They were arraigned in federal court in Central Islip and pleaded not guilty. They are being held without bail, according to the spokesman for the Office of United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Three other defendants will be arraigned on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said in the indictment that Alvarenga, the alleged leader of the Brentwood MS-13 clique, ordered several MS-13 gang members to attack suspected rival gang members at a house party on American Boulevard. He also allegedly armed the MS-13 members with a .22 caliber rifle and a semi-automatic handgun and led them to the house in November 2009. Gang members fired at least three rifle shots into a crowd outside the house. One of the bullets struck Hamilton in the temple and killed him.

Alvarenga is the fifth MS-13 member involved in the Hamilton murder to face federal charges. The alleged shooter in the case is a minor and his case remained sealed, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors also allege that Hector Torres, second in command of the Brentwood MS-13 clique, together with another MS-13 member fatally shot Rigoberto Gomez. Prosecutors said Gomez was suspected of cooperating with local law enforcement, and that the Sailors MS-13 clique authorized his killing in August 2010.

The charges are the latest in a series of indictments in the Eastern District of New York federal court against MS-13 members, a transnational gang that has established a strong presence on Long Island. It has formed over 20 cliques and some of the strongest ones are in Hempstead, Freeport, Brentwood and Central Islip, according to the FBI.

Using the Racketeer and Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, or RICO Act, prosecutors charged or secured convictions of more than 20 MS-13 members last year.

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Comments [4]

Dee from brentwood ny

the alleged leaders were born in the usa im a brentwwod citizen nd went to school here and people will ask me whats ur nationality i reply salvadorian nd they ryt there claim im ms13 nd start pikin on me nd thats wut happens. so salvadoirians form together by joining the gang to stop this form of bullying that wut i had to go threw in my young life the way i delt with it was dropping out of school in the 9th grade. that was my only escape to not join the gang nd not be bullied its not fair that i couldnt finish school for that reason

Feb. 05 2012 06:54 PM
Jewel from Cleveland

That is so sad. These kids need help where are the parents? Dont forget the pain they cause to other's and the family's that end up hurt because of the loss of a loved one. They need help and I will prey for them and their family's this is not what these children should be doing they need to be in school and not in the street killing people. Please convict these minors for the hate crime's they have commited and send them to prison I dont think they should be able to get away with this because they are under age they know better murder is murder and we need justice.

Jan. 29 2012 02:32 PM
JOE from NYC

THEY SHOULD THROW THESE WETBACK ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OUT OF NEW YORK, AND THE COUNTRY FOR THAT MATTER. LONG ISLAND WAS A NICE PLACE, AND THESE SCUMMY LITTLE DIRTBAGS COME HERE AND DO NOTHING TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY

Jan. 25 2012 03:46 PM
Henry from Tallahassee, FL

You have MS-15 in the headline. I believe it should be MS-13 instead.

Jan. 24 2012 03:51 PM

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