December 30, 2010

MS-13 Gang Members kill woman and Toddler

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Federal prosecutors say a Hempstead woman and her toddler were slain in Central Islip woods earlier this year by MS-13 gang members in retaliation for the woman asking rival gang members to threaten her estranged boyfriend, court papers say.

Vanessa Argueta, 19, had given her boyfriend’s address to members of the 18th Street gang, a rival of the MS-13 gang, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph F. Bianco wrote in a court order ruling that the woman’s accused killer be tried as an adult.

Court papers only identify the defendant – who is now at the Nassau County jail – as “Juvenile Male,” though the judge paints a portrait of a profoundly troubled young man with a lengthy rap sheet.

Bianco’s decision says the unnamed defendant has been charged with two counts of murder “in aid of racketeering.” The defendant was four months shy of his 18th birthday at the time. Bianco called the Feb. 4 slayings of Argueta and son Diego Torres a “heinous, execution-style murder of a 19-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son who had been lured to the woods of Central Islip.”

The court papers also state: “his brutal and callous double-homicide of a woman and her child is alleged to have been committed as part of the defendant’s participation in the racketeering activity of the violent MS-13 street gang.”

Bianco’s order, dated Dec. 14, came about nine months after U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to the FBI asking the agency to investigate “the magnitude of the violence” in Brentwood and Central Islip. The murder of Argueta and her son was among at least 11 killings in the two communities in the span of a year, prompting many civic activists to call for federal help in fighting crimes.

An FBI spokesman declined to comment beyond saying that the slayings are under investigation.

In the court papers, the victims are listed in court papers by their initials, V.A. and D.T., though Suffolk homicide detectives identified them at the time of the slaying.

Prosecutors say Argueta “had ties to the 18th Street Street gang and the Latin Kings,” the judge said in the decision.

After a dispute with a MS-13 street gang member with whom she was romantically involved, prosecutors say Argueta gave his address to 18th Street gang members, who twice went to his house to threaten him, papers state.

Prosecutors said when the boyfriend told the defendant and another MS-13 member that the 18th Street gang had threatened him, they decided to retaliate, according to the court papers.

The judge, quoting a psychologist, says in his decision that the juvenile accused of the slaying appears to have a “quick temper” and “an odd and disturbing preoccupation with blood.”

The judge’s order says that two other co-conspirators also participated in the slaying, and that the two fled to El Salvador soon after the killings.

Federal prosecutor Richard Donoghue declined to comment on the case. A Suffolk police spokesman said only that the case is under investigation.

3 Comments so far ...

ii noe that ms gang members killed vanessa and her kid because she use to give information from the ms13 to th 18st. gang nd the ms 13 gang members didnt like that and then vanessa went out with a guy that they called him spooky / he a 18st gang member they went out at night to bother another guy from the ms13 gang that they call himm shorty…but some of they ms gang memb3rz…where actually waiting for them nd vanessa didnt know so she took her kid nd that night as soon as se came out, she wuz actually dead,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.

Comment on March 13, 2011 04:27 pm
2. ripvanessadiego

umm to jennifer u didnt get the whole story & how do you know this? i dont know bout that whole giving information to each gang but she was dating that guy and bc they broke up she gave 18th st his address…they confronted him two times and after that the ex was fed up with they picked her up from a friends house telling her that they were gonna take her for a dinner date.they kept telling her to keep diego at home,but she didnt have a babysitter.after dinner they promised her that they were gonna smoke weed, thats y she and diego were lured into the woods.they killed her first then diego ran to his leg and was crying and he told him to shut up..then they shot diegito in the head twice..guzman [who is the "juvenile male" in this article] took diegos ball as a souvenir and later gave it to a friends daughter.FUCK MS13. Vanessa was my good friend and diego was my godson, they will be forever missed..i love them rest in paradise <3

Comment on March 17, 2011 03:55 am
3. RIPvanessaNdiego

Its just heartless what they did to her and her baby boy. I didn’t know Vanessa and Diego a long time but she was a dedicated young mother..its so sad that they are gone:( RiP sweetie vanessa and Diego are angels now..u have a beautiful smile Vanessa u were taken too soon!

Comment on May 6, 2011 03:24 pm
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